Monthly Archives: January 2019

Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – January 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.

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In 2018, Wreaths Across America grew to include 1,640 participating locations across the country, and expanded the mission to Normandy to say the names of the 9,387 Americans killed there during the D-Day invasions. But, to me the most important number was the growth in volunteers attending National Wreaths Across America Day events. The feedback we’ve received from our locations is that more people than ever are volunteering to join the mission. There is truly no part too small when it comes to Remembering the fallen, Honoring those that serve and Teaching the next generation about the value of freedom. This is why we love this year’s theme so much, because, EVERYONE PLAYS A PART!

I have said this before, the greatest gift I have been given in being part of this mission is having met so many of you, the people who ARE Wreaths Across America, so many that I now call family. I am truly in awe of the work our volunteers do all year round to raise awareness and plan for the next season.

We have so many great things planned for 2019, and I hope you will continue to play a part with Wreaths Across America and help us reach more people to join the mission this year.

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

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Tell us how you play a part and your image/story may be used on our social media channels in 2019!
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We want to ensure that we are bringing the Wreaths Across America mission to you in the best ways possible and including the information you want to hear in our communications. Please consider taking our survey to help us improve! On February 1, we will randomly select three survey participants to receive 100 sponsored wreaths to be sent to the participating location of their choosing next December.
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The Story of the Four Chaplains

As we remember, honor and teach, Wreaths Across America recognizes and honors the Four Chaplains during February. This video tells the story of the steadfast faith and courage these four men exhibited so that others could live.

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What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Today at noon EST Mission BBQ will be presenting Wreaths Across America with a donation resulting from their 2018 Heroes Cup Campaign. We are so grateful for the continued support and awareness this partnership provides across the country.

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Ernie Verhulst (Part 1): A wide-eyed boy in Rotterdam, May 1940

From the Legion Magazine.

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Ernie Verhulst (Part 1): A wide-eyed boy in Rotterdam, May 1940

Ernie Verhulst (Part 1):
A wide-eyed boy in Rotterdam, May 1940

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Ernie Verhulst’s first glimpse of the Luftwaffe came on May 10, 1940. He was eight years old and the significance of the Nazi advance across Europe had not been lost on anyone in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

His parents and their neighbours in the rowhouses around the city’s Charlois district had prepared for the German invasion, taping windows and cutting gates into their garden walls to facilitate escape routes in case of bombardment.


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Canadians take island on the Maas River

Canadians take island on the Maas River

At the battle of Kapelsche Veer on the Maas River in the Netherlands Jan. 26-31, 1945, it was as though hell had frozen over.

After failed attacks by the Polish and British, the 4th Canadian Armoured Division was ordered to destroy the German position on the island of Kapelsche Veer.

The island was small—only eight kilometres long and less than two at its widest. But its faces were steep angles, the southern side protected by dikes wide and high, with German defensive positions built in and machine guns covering all approaches.

It was only a tiny bridgehead, but it gave the Germans a fine place to observe Allied movement and to fire into Allied positions.


This week in history
This week in history

January 25, 1900

Nursing sisters receive the rank and pay of lieutenants.


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CAN Announcements

From one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Colloquium Jan 29
2019 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture
Jean-Frédéric Morin is associate professor at the Political Science Department of Laval University (Québec City, Canada). Before being invited by Laval University to hold the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy, Jean-Frédéric Morin was professor of international relations at the Free University of Brussels from 2008 to 2014 and post-doctoral researcher at McGill University from 2006 to 2008. In the last decade, Jean-Frédéric Morin has presented his work in more than 15 countries, has taught in more than 10 universities, has supervised 11 PhD candidates, has worked with 4 post-doctoral researchers, and has published with more than 30 co-authors.
Dr. Morin is a visiting scholar at Berkeley for the 2018-2019 academic year, holding the titles of Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies and John A. Sproul Fellow.
2019 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture
11:30 AM, Tuesday January 29
223 Moses Hall
Community Events
Canadian Studies is pleased to share information about the below events from our community partners.
Our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco invite you to check out these upcoming events:
Come From Away, through Feb 3 – Use code CANADA for a discount on tickets.
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
Our friends at the Digital Moose Lounge invite you to check out this upcoming event:
On February 16, 2019, join the Digital Moose Lounge and BC Trade as we cheer on the Vancouver Canucks vs. the San Jose Sharks!
Join us in the “Veranda” area before and during the game to mix and mingle with the group. Your ticket includes access to a balcony that has a meal included and 2 drink tickets and a private bar.
Spots are limited, so make sure to get yours early! Buy tickets at this link:
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

WWI DISPATCH January 22, 2019

From the World War One Centennial Commission.

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January 22, 2019

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“We’ll have about as much time to raise the funds for the Memorial as the U.S. had in the field ‘Over There.'”

Phil Mazzara

This week, we have the remarkable good fortune to introduce our new Director of Development, Mr. Phillip Mazzara. He is a seasoned professional in the fundraising community, with a long history of success. He will lead the campaign to raise the money for construction of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. We had the chance to ask Phil a few questions about his background, the challenges of his new position, and why remembering the service of America’s World War I veterans is important to him.

The Dawn of the Red Arrow book traces the Wisconsin National Guard’s role in WWI


Those who have been following the WW1CC newsletter and website know that there has been a terrific weekly series of articles appearing in social media, and on our website, entitled THE DAWN OF THE RED ARROW which traces the history of the Wisconsin National Guard in World War I. The series was created by MAJ Brian J. Faltinson, Public Affairs Officer, Wisconsin National Guard, and shows an amazing amount of teamwork, research depth, and insight. Now, the entire series has been edited together into a great comprehensive eBook. We had a few moments to talk to Major Faltinson about the book, and about his efforts to remember the WWI veterans from Wisconsin.

Convoys celebrate centennial of WWI trip that led to the US Interstate System

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The first Transcontinental Army Motor Transport Expedition in the summer of 1919 did make it from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, though it arrived several days late, abandoned nine vehicles and all but one of its kitchen trailers, destroyed 88 bridges, and had more than 200 unintentional off-road incidents, all due largely to the undeveloped (or lack of) roads along the way. Still, as a then-Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower wrote in his report, among the people he met while participating in the expedition, “It seemed that there was a great deal of sentiment for the improving of highways, and from the standpoint of promoting this sentiment, the trip was an undoubted success.” Within 40 years, that sentiment became a reality with the country’s interstate highway system, ribbons of road stretching from coast to coast and border to border that have — for better or worse — transformed the country and the lives of the people who live in it. Now, a century after that 62-day cross-country slog, at least two caravans will retrace the steps of Ike and the nearly 300 other men who took part in the expedition.

“You have to get it right because history demands that we remember it accurately in order to learn from it.”

Wayne Stables

Among the most incredible aspects of the ground-breaking new World War I documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is the restoration and colorization of the original 100 year-old imagery. The colorization process was supervised by Wayne Stables, who is a towering figure in the world of cinematic post-production. Wayne started working at Weta Digital in 1994 and has worked on projects including The FrightenersContactThe Lord of The Rings trilogy, AvatarThe Adventures of Tintin, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. He has recently worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor on Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall, and is currently working on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Wayne is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been nominated for a BAFTA and numerous Visual Effects Society awards. Wayne kindly spoke to us about his work with the incredible Peter Jackson World War I documentary.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration. 

Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

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Host: Theo Mayer

The Headlines 100 Years Ago, Host | @02:00

The 308th Regiment’s Journey Home – Dr. Edward Lengel | @12:00

Wilson Goes to Rome – Mike Shuster | @19:10

First into Germany: SGT Roy Holtz – And he did it on a Harley – Host | @23:15(Courtesy of author Robert Laplander)

A Century in the Making: The Winning Team Part 2 – Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard | @30:50

Introducing Phil Mazzara – Host | @40:00

The Story of a Memorial Hunter – Bob Shay | @42:30

Literature in WWI This Week

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Not One, But Two Years of WWrite in Review! Part 4: Women Writing WWI

Over 22,000 American women served as nurses during WWI. The Navy and Marines accepted 13,000 women into active duty. Thousands have written about their experience, which has inspired contemporary women scholars and writers to explore the war through research and art. This is the 4th installment of the series, “WWrite Blog: Two Years in Review of WWI and Writing,” that will document and synthesize the 100+ blog contributions from January 2017. This week features posts about women’s incredible involvement in WWI as fighters and writers.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Navy ¼ Zipper Fleece Sweatshirt

Navy Blue ¼ Zipper Fleece Sweatshirt

Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA ¼ zipper fleece sweatshirt. An informal term for a member of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, “Doughboys” especially used to refer to the American Expeditionary Forces in World War One. Largely comprised of young men who had dropped out of school to join the army, this poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago.

Sweatshirt features: Navy with white Doughboy embroidery. 80% cotton/20% polyester,  9.5 Oz. High quality heavy weight pre-shrunk fabric. Sweatshirt has ¼  zip pullover with cadet collar and silver metal zipper. Ribbed cuffs and waistband with spandex. Cover-seamed arm holes. Mens’ sizes available Small and Medium. Proceeds from the sale of this item will help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.

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Coin Display

The US Mint stopped selling the World War I Commemorative Coin on December 27, but you can still purchase the limited edition silver dollar in combination with our specially-designed display stand, personalized with information about your WWI ancestor, from the Centennial Official Merchandise store. This package makes a great collectible gift for family members and descendants of those who served in World War I. Personalization can include: rank, full name, enlisted date, deceased date, unit/decorations, battles, cemetery, etc. If you already purchased the Commemorative Coin from the US Mint, you can order just the personalized display. Both the combo set and display alone are available at hereSupplies are limited.  And remember: proceeds from the sale of this item go towards funding the building of the National World War One Memorial in Washington DC.

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John Ora Johnson

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

John Ora Johnson

Submitted by: Kathleen Susanne Johnston {grand daughter}

John Ora Johnson was born around 1898 or so. John Ora Johnson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

My grandmother, who insisted on being called John Ora, was part of the Emory University U.S. Army Unit that served from 1917-1919, principally in France.

She was enlisted during her nursing training by a Dr. Green, who said she was the best surgical nurse he had ever trained. It seems, from family legend, that she was rather too young to be in the U.S. Army as a nurse, but Dr. Green insisted, and she was shipped overseas via the Canadian Maritimes to escape German U Boats.

I have photos of her at this point and later. She is noted in the official history of the Emory Unit as R.n., a.n.c., and as having enlisted on April 15, 1918. She is listed in the history as available through address to the Davis-Fischer Santarium, in Atlanta, where she was a superintendent.

Read John Ora Johnson’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.

Welcome Home, It’s Prohibition!

An item from the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Welcome Home,
It’s Prohibition!

Episode #106

Teddy Roosevelt dies in January 1919

Teddy Roosevelt dies in January 1919

Welcome Home, It’s Prohibition!

Host: Theo Mayer

  • The Headlines 100 Years Ago – Host | @02:00
  • The 308th Regiment’s Journey Home – Dr. Edward Lengel | @12:00
  • Wilson Goes to Rome – Mike Shuster | @19:10
  • First Into Germany: SGT Roy Holtz – And he did it on a Harley – Host | @23:15
    (Courtesy of author Robert Laplander)
  • A Century in the Making: The Winning Team Part 2 – Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard | @30:50
  • Introducing Phil Mazzara – Host | @40:00
  • The Story of a Memorial Hunter – Bob Shay | @42:30

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Nearing the End of the Official Bulletin
Speaking With Teachers
Part 3 of “First Into Germany: Sgt Roy Holtz”
Sabin Howard Heads to the UK
and much more…

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