Thank you for your participation in commemorating the Centennial of WWI.
You helped change the national narrative of the “Forgotten War” to WWI being remembered as “the War That Changed the World”.
Some of the highlights of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission’s programs and activities commemorating the centennial of WWI include:
- Establishing volunteer chapters in 42 states to run commemorative events across the country;
- Distributing the weekly WWI Centennial Dispatch, highlighting WWI history relevant to current events, war heroes, and commemorative activities, to 87,000 subscribers;
- Producing an award-winning podcast with nearly 2.25 million downloads; and
- Partnering with the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the HISTORY Channel, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation to provide educational materials to more than 20 million students and teachers.
The capstone project of the U.S. WWI Centennial is the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C., which has been developed and created in record time. The Memorial will open to the public starting this December, 2020. It will be fully completed and formally dedicated in 2024. At that time, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission’s work will draw to a close and the Commission will be disbanded.
So who will keep faith with the American Doughboys and those who served in WWI?
The Doughboy Foundation, the program’s long associated 501(c)(3) non-profit, will continue the work of honoring our WWI veterans. The Foundation will do this with inspiring programs, events, activities, and remembrances that ensure WWI will never fade back into the mists of obscurity.
The foundation will rely on donations to fund these programs and activities including the long-term maintenance and programming related to the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C..
Over these past years, your interest, participation and support have been the foundation of our success. As we look ahead, you continue as the bedrock on which The Doughboy Foundation will build the perpetual commemoration of America’s achievements and sacrifice in WWI.
To understand the interests of our existing family of supporters as we prepare for this transition, we are asking you to please give us five minutes of your precious time to complete a short survey.
With your participation and support we have come so incredibly far; with your advice we will continue into a future where the 4.7 million who served in WWI will be remembered for all the generations to come. I thank you for your help and support.
Daniel S. Dayton
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
The Doughboy Foundation