Thank you for participating with us in the World War I Centennial commemoration and the creation of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. Your interest and enthusiasm helped make everything we accomplish possible.
Giving Tuesday, 2020 marks an exciting “Next Step” in the long-term remembrance of WWI and those who served on our behalf and for our Nation.
Today we are launching the Doughboy Foundation Annual Fund. This campaign will support important programs that commemorate the experience of the Doughboys, remember and honor all the men and women who served their nation in World War I, and inspire all Americans to continue to understand and learn about their own connection
to World War I.
We believe every American has a role to play in our vision to keep faith with the American Doughboy, and these programs will only be possible through the collective philanthropic contributions of patriots like you.
Thank you for helping to keep the memory of WWI alive through your previous involvement with the World War I Centennial and the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. I hope you will consider being a founding supporter of The Doughboy Foundation.
Gifts of all sizes are very meaningful in honoring WWI veterans.
Reach Memorial Visitors:
Taps is envisioned as a key moment each day after the WWI Memorial opens. A ship’s bell begins to toll reverently, drawing visitors’ attention. A bugler smartly raises a historic instrument. It is General John J. Pershing’s own bugle, generously donated to the Foundation by Sandy Pershing, the General’s granddaughter-in-law. The sonorous tones of Taps waft through the Memorial, a solemn reminder of what was paid in the name of Freedom and Democracy by those who are honored at this sacred site.
Reach Across America:
WWI commemoration extends beyond the borders of the Nation’s capital. There are literally thousands of local WWI Memorials in every county and community across the country. A grass-roots remembrance like the annual Bells of Peace National Tolling at 11am local, each Nov. 11, is a great example as it engages and reminds tens of thousands to remember the War that Changed the World.
Reach New Generations:
Applying 21st century tools to address this early 20th century moment is a key strategy. There are no living veterans of WWI, and the living memory of children and grandchildren is fading.
To keep the memory and lessons of WWI relevant, the Doughboy Foundation has taken the bold and innovative step of applying contemporary technologies to inspire new generations to learn about WWI. The WWI Memorial Virtual Explorer is an iOS and Android app that offers a virtual field trip to the National Memorial as it brings the story of WWI to life on smartphones using the engaging power of Augmented Reality.
These are examples of what the Doughboy Foundation is doing now and with your help,
will be expanding in the days, months and years ahead. Thank you for your support in the commemoration of the WWI centennial and I hope that we can count on your participation in continuing to honor the Americans who served in WWI as we move beyond the centennial.
Philip G. Mazzara
President & CEO
The Doughboy Foundation