First Colors Ceremony opens the new National WWI Memorial to the public
The National World War I Memorial First Colors Ceremony on April 16 was viewed live by more than 11,000 people on the event website, and the Pentagon streamed it live on every military installation around the globe via defense.gov.
Tens of thousands of people have visited the First Colors site since the event, where the full show is available on demand. It has also been viewed thousands of times on the World War I Centennial Commission YouTube channel. In the future, the American Forces Network will air a 60-minute version of the event worldwide.
PBS News Hour picked up the flag raising through the end of the show and this clip has been viewed online more than 14K times (and counting).
The First Colors Ceremony made news in every single state.
If you haven’t seen the First Colors Ceremony yet, click here to watch the historic event now or later on the event web site.
The National World War I Memorial is OPEN! This webinar will make your visit happen
Join us on Friday May 14, 2021 at 10am PT / 1pm ET for an exclusive insider tour of the new National World War I Memorial that opened to the public on April 17, 2021. This webinar will be a great introduction to all kinds of people, especially tour guides, travel planners, and interested visitors, students, teachers – anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the new Memorial. Get ready for Memorial Day with key information and insights about Washington, D.C.’s newest war memorial. We will provide you with:
- Background and History of the location
- The Story of how the WWI Memorial went from concept to opening
- Tour of design features and insider tidbits
- The history of WWI to which the Memorial speaks
AND the FREE WWI Memorial APPs:
- One app for use when you are VISITING the WWI Memorial in DC.
- One app which brings the WWI Memorial remotely to any classroom, living room, or yard.
- “How WWI Changed America” – A downloadable web site on the social & cultural impact of WWI
There will be lots of great information, and words from the people who got the Memorial built. Click here to learn more, and register for this useful and informative webinar on May 14.
Although it was fought thousands of miles away, WWI war transformed the United States from a relatively provincial power on the world stage to a full-fledged global, military-industrial leader, held together by a newly powerful federal government and charged with confident patriotism. WW1 America, on view through May 30, 2021 at the Irving, CA Archives and Museum, also shows that there were darker sides of the American experience during the years 1914 to 1919. Click here to read more, and discover how this exhibition reveals that WWI “was nonetheless always in dialogue, sometimes violently, with the day’s upheavals, shaping the nation in profound and lasting ways. Indeed, so many issues from this period cascade down the years to our own time.”
“When 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip fired two shots from a pistol in the streets of Sarajevo on a late June morning in 1914, Vermonters had no idea what troubles the incident would trigger for the people of their state.” So begins writer Mark Bushnell’s look at how World War I changed life for the citizens of The Green Mountain State. Writing on the VT DIGGER web site, Bushnell notes that initially “Vermonters remained unscathed by the horrors enveloping so much of the world, but their good fortune didn’t last. Events finally dragged Vermont men off to war, sparked the deadliest epidemic of the last century, and led to a crackdown on civil liberties in the state.” Click here to read the entire article.
A man is only missing if he is forgotten.
Our Doughboy MIA this month is PVT Jerry Harris of the 120thInfantry/30th Division.
Jerry Harris was born 16 May 1896 and raised in the town of Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County, North Carolina, the second of four children born to Sarah and Frank Harlour. He was working in a cotton mill when he enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard on 26 May 1917, being assigned to Company H, 3rd N.C. Infantry Regiment. When his unit was called into federal service that summer, it became Company H of the 120th Infantry, 30th Division. With them Harris traveled to France aboard the SS Bohemian on 12 May 1918.
The 30th Division, alongside the 27th, was assigned to the US 2nd Corps and brigaded with the British. They fought in the Ypres-Lyes Sector that summer and in the final Somme Offensive as part of the great ‘final offensive’ by the allies of the war. It was during this offensive that Harris was killed in action on 29 September 1918. Currently, no other specific details of his death are known, but following the war the Graves Registration Service was unable to locate his battlefield grave and thus he is still listed as officially missing in action and his name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Somme American Cemetery at Bony, France. His family also erected a memorial stone for him at Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.
Want to help us dig deeper into the case of PVT Harris? Consider a tax deductible donation to our non-profit organization and help us solve his case! Simply visit www.ww1cc.org/mia today and consider a gift. Every dollar helps us find out what happened to our missing boys, and YOU get to help.
A man is only missing if he is forgotten.
Official Doughboy Foundation
and WWI Centennial Merchandise
- A Doughboy.shop exclusive!
- High quality, dual-layer, machine washable fabric
- Outer: 100% Cotton jersey knit
- Inner: Polyester 135gsm with Anti-Microbial protection
- Adjustable elastic ear straps for a comfortable fit
- Flexible wire frame over the nose for secure fit
- Width: 9.5” / 24cm x Height: 6” /15.5cm
- Screen printed poppy design “Remember Them” inscription
- One size – fits most adults
This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial and the Doughboy Foundation.