Tag Archives: WW1 Centennial Commission

People of the Meuse-Argonne: James F. Shetler

    Even today French locals, other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France.  Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project.  In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love. The Webmaster had the pleasure of meeting Jim for a few days during the September 2018 Small Group Tour that he and Markus Klauer led.  Since then, the Continue reading →

News & Events–Stateside: Where to Find Upcoming Centennial Events

    While the Webmaster’s focus is on being “Over There” for the upcoming Centennial of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, many Americans will not have that luxury.  That doesn’t mean that there are not / will not be great events in the U.S. to attend over the next few months. Readers looking for events are encouraged to look at the United States’ World War One Centennial Commission’s website.  Under the “Commemorate” tab there is a WW1 Centennial Events page.  In case that page does not capture Continue reading →

News and Events–U.S.: Ceremonial Groundbreaking for America’s World War I Memorial

  On Thursday, 9 November, at 11AM (EST) the @WW1CC will host a small ceremonial groundbreaking event at Washington, D.C.’s Pershing Park, to thank its partners and supporters.   The event will feature distinguished leaders, well-known guest speakers, and music from the U.S. Army’s Pershing’s Own brass quintet.  Shovels will turn earth that came from the WW1 battlefields of France.   The event will be streamed via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/ww1centennial.  (Note:  The Webmaster believes the actual event is by invitation only.)   Readers can Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside: April 6 is Fast Approaching. Stay Informed of Upcoming Events

  Did you know?  Do your Friends know? April 6–the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war is fast approaching, and events will be happening across the U.S. to mark the date. The WW1CC  (http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php) is an umbrella organization that communicates among all groups and does so much more. The WW1CC provides a monthly (or bimonthly) “Education Resources” newsletter for educators.  (Drop-down tab “Educate.”) The WW1CC will post “Stories of Service” about your relative who fought in the Great War.  (Drop-down tab “Commemorate.”) The WW1CC is raising funds to build Continue reading →

News and Events–U.S.: A Melange of WW1 Media as April 2017 Approaches

  This post will focus on four media items:  A video on NJ in the Great War; the exhibit “World War I and American Art;” the upcoming American Experience (PBS) film “The Great War;” and the WW1 Centennial’s Website, which is full of information on upcoming events.     Video:  NJ in the Great War New Jersey’s WW1 Centennial Commission and the NJ Dept. of Travel and Tourism are promoting travel regarding New Jersey’s role in the Great War.  They have prepared a two-minute video that Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside and Over There: #CountdowntoVeteransDay, 2016 and Veterans Day Ceremonies at ABMC Cemeteries

    Just a reminder to join with the World War I Centennial Commission 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 opportunities can be found at this link:  http://www.countdowntoveteransday.org/.     The Webmaster will be in France and will attend on of the ABMC Veterans Day Ceremonies in France  Dates and times for the ceremonies are shown below: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside: #CountdownToVeteransDay, 2016 and the World War 1 Centennial Commission

    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 Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Doughboy Day at Fort Jay, Governors Island, NYC, September, 2016

Reenactor and NYC tour guide Kevin Fitzpatrick worked with the World War I Centennial Committee for New York and various reenacting groups and historians to organize Doughboy Day at Fort Jay, Governors Island on September 17, 2016.  New Yorkers were reminded of that long-ago war through a combination of displays and speaking programs.  The day ended with a march to Meuse-Argonne Point, where the Webmaster had the opportunity to say a few words about the war, the doughboys and the Meuse-Argonne.  His text is published below: Continue reading → Continue reading →

News & Events–Stateside: 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Program Announced to Help Restore and Preserve Local WW1 Memorials

  The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library are announcing a new program to help people across the country restore and preserve their local WW1 memorials.   The 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program is a fund-matching program, where groups or individuals can A) identify local WW1 memorials in their area, B) put together a conservation treatment proposal, C) submit their plan for consideration for matching grant funds, and D) have the memorial treated by an accredited conservator, Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Three Ways to Keep Memorial Day from Three Nations

  We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.  This blog post will focus on three ways to keep the holiday from the point of view of three different nationalities; but first, a bit of history on Decoration Day (to be later named Memorial Day) is in order.   HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for Continue reading →