Online Construction update and suggestions for WWI related videos

An update from the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Our prayers are with you and with our great nation as we work our way through the pandemic. Our Doughboys would all be forever grateful for your support and steadfastness.

The good news for this week is that construction continues and we have had no COVID-19 delays.

On Friday April 3, please join me for an online virtual tour and construction update of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. featuring the project’s lead designer Joe Weishaar, and project managers for Grunley Construction.


Meanwhile for those of you looking for some WWI themed video watching while stuck at home, here a few suggestions for some things to watch this weekend.

War and Remembrance 2

As many of you know, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is in discussions to partner with the National Parks Service for the maintenance of the Memorial when it is completed.  ABMC has been developing television programming for several years now, and you might find it interesting to revisit this program on the history of the AMBC by Thomas Conner, author of “War and Remembrance”:

Tom Conner: War and Remembrance: The Story of ABMC

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Some of you have copies of “Lest We Forget”on your coffee table.  You may not know that it draws heavily on the visual resources of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.  Here’s a link to the making of “Lest We Forget”:

Michael Robbins: Lest We Forget

Soldiers Journey

Although many of you may have seen the short film called “A Soldier’s Journey”. I link to it again here for you to share as you wish:

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And finally some insights into the “other” pandemic –  the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic of 1917-1918. This is from a just released video , part of our “How WWI Changed America” series, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

Stay safe,

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Daniel S. Dayton
Executive Director
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

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