By November 1918 over two million U.S. men and women were serving in the armed forces in France and about another two million were serving state-side. To honor the U.S. men and women who served in the Great War and in all other wars/conflicts, the World War I Centennial Commission is encouraging readers to make Veterans Day 2016 a “day-on” rather than a “day-off.” The commission encourages citizens to volunteer with a veterans organization or to attend a commemoration ceremony. A list of volunteer and event opportunities can be found using this link.
(The webmaster and members of his family have marched with other WW1 reenactors in the NYC Veterans Day Parade. However, this year, the webmaster will be visiting France and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery on Veterans Day.)
The WW1 Centennial Commission is also one of the “go-to”/umbrella organizations regarding events for the upcoming commemoration of America’s involvement in World War One. It’s mission is: to educate, to commemorate, to honor, to participate and to communicate what is happening. The WW1CC hosts a weekly update call (Wednesday at 12:00pm EST); publishes a weekly Dispatch; publishes a monthly education newsletter (in partnership with the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City), and does much, much more. In addition, many of the state-level centennial commissions use the WW1CC’s website as their web host. Readers are encouraged to check out their website and to sign up for the weekly Dispatch.