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A newsletter from the organization formerly known at the World War One Centennial Commission.

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May 2021

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The Doughboy Foundation continues its mission to “keep faith with the American Doughboy” with a daily playing of “Taps” at the National World War I Memorial every evening at 5:00 p.m. ET, rain or shine. The pilot program runs from May through Veterans Day. If you are in DC, please stop by the Memorial at 5:00 p.m. any day to see this performance.

Daily playing of Taps inaugurated at the National World War I Memorial in DC

The Doughboy Foundation, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s longtime partner, will continue its mission to “keep faith with the American Doughboy” by honoring those who served; commemorating the events of a century ago; and inspiring visitors to learn, remember, and reflect on how World War I changed our country and the world through commemorative and educational programs. To that end, one of the Foundation’s signature initiatives will be to honor the Doughboys with a daily playing of “Taps” at the National World War I Memorial every evening at 5:00 p.m. EDT, rain or shine in a pilot program running through Veterans Day. Taps will be sounded daily by buglers from the Taps for Veterans organization at the foot of the flagpole at the northwest corner of the Memorial. Click here to learn how you can support Daily Taps at the Memorial and other Doughboy Foundation programs.

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Hamby receives Distinguished Public Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Terry W. Hamby, the Chair of the United States World War I Centennial Commission, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from General Mark A. Milley, USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  during a ceremony May 28, 2021 at the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.  The award was presented in recognition of Hamby’s “extraordinary contributions as the Chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission.” In particular, the award highlighted Hamby’s leadership of the Commission “to completion of its mission to build the United States National War Memorial in Washington, DC.” Click here to ready more about the award ceremony for the Commission’s Chair for a job well done.

Virginia Boy Scout Troop lends hands to honor Americans who served in WWI

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A Boy Scout troop in Richmond, Virginia, over a century old itself, lent its hands recently to acknowledge those whose help enabled the April 16, 2021 opening of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC honoring the 4.7 million Americans who served their nation in uniform 100 years ago. As part of the activities after the recent Father & Son Hike, Troop 400 folded flags that were flown over the Memorial so that they could be placed into presentation cases for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission World War I Memorial Donor and Patron Recognition Program. Click here to read more about the Scout troop ‘s timely assistance to help thank those who helped build the Memorial.

Brancy and Dugan Release The Journey Home: Live from the Kennedy Center

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On May 28, 2021 Vocal Arts DC in collaboration with Avie Records released The Journey Home: Live from the Kennedy Center. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the concert, which sold-out at the time, explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Accompanying the album, the duo has released a film of the performance, which includes interviews with historians and military personnel, and explores the long overdue process of creating a national memorial to World War I in Washington, DC, including interviews with the United States WWI Centennial Commissioners. Click here to read more about these new releases, and find out where to listen and watch.

Piece of World War I history returned to Wichita, KS, honoring local airman

Lt. Erwin Bleckley

A piece of World War I history returned to Wichita Friday, May 28: an airplane that looks exactly like the plane Lt. Erwin Bleckley flew during his last mission during the First World War. The plan with the plane, once it’s restored, is to have it displayed at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport, available for thousands to see and to learn a little about the plane’s history and why it’s important to Wichita. Lt. Erwin Bleckley died at the age of 23 on Oct. 6, 1918 on a mission to drop supplies from the sky. He later received the Medal of Honor for his bravery. Click here to read more about this aircraft, and why it is “a very big deal for the city of Wichita to bring this airplane home.”

American Legion Magazine spotlights new National WWI Memorial in DC

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The June 2021 American Legion Magazine digital edition looks at the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. The extensive coverage  looks at the memorial’s commemorative elements, and how the WWI Memorial Virtual Explorer and WWI Memorial Visitor Guide apps help explore the site. Plus, John D. “Jack” Monahan, The American Legion’s representative on the U.S. World War One Commission, previews “A Soldier’s Journey,” the Sabin Howard sculpture to be installed in 2024. Click here to read more about the June American Legion Magazine’s coverage of the new National World War I Memorial

To Find Their Brothers: The Trek of Two Montana Nurses in World War I

Butzerin and Welborn

On the occasion of National Nurses Day on May 6, Ed Saunders wrote a thoughtful article about two Montana nurses who served their nation during World War I. Eula Bernice Butzerin (left) served in a Red Cross hospital in Kansas City, MO. Susie Lee Welborn joined the Army Nurse Corps, and served at Base Hospital 53 at Langres, France. But the two nurses shared more than their state and profession: both had to perform a sad duty after the fighting stopped. Click here to read more about the family tragedies that each Montana nurse suffered Over There in World War I.

General Pershing inspired film cast member to join USAF, becoming pilot

Roberto Duran

Roberto Duran, a Captain in the United States Air Force, is currently flying for Air Force Special Operations Command. After Duran graduated from college and before he was commissioned, he auditioned for and was cast in Pershing’s Paths of Glory, a documentary film which features Pershing Rifles members, a Pershing Angel, and Blackjacks who travel and mark incidents in the life of General John J. Pershing, the great World War I Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. Duran, a Pershing Rifleman from Texas and college graduate from Louisiana State University, was a serious, stabilizing force among the diverse group of high energy, military cadets still in secondary school. Click here to learn more about Duran, what he learned during the making of the movie, and how General Pershing inspired to to a career in the military.

Doughboy MIA for May

Private Wesley J. Creech

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Our Doughboy MIA this month is

Born 15MAR1886, in Hallsboro, North Carolina, Wesley Jackson Creech was the fourth of six children that Henry and Martha Creech would rear. He signed his 05JUN1917 draft card at Bolton, North Carolina, where he listed himself as a lumber inspector and two months later married Miss Francis Williamson, age 19.

Creech received his draft call shortly thereafter, reporting for duty on 01OCT1917 and was sent to Camp Jackson for induction. From there he went to Camp Sevier for infantry training and was placed in Company C, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th ‘Old Hickory’ Division. Departing Boston, Massachusetts for overseas service on 12May1918 aboard the transport Bohemian, Creech’s division was brigaded with the British in the Somme sector that summer.

Records show Wesley Creech as being killed in action on 31AUG1918 and buried by a British unit, however later identification of his grave by American Graves Registration personnel proved fruitless. As such, he is memorialized on the Tablets to the Missing at the Flanders Field American Cemetery at Waregem, Belgium.

Want to help solve Pvt. Creech’s case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA at It takes only a moment and your tax deductible contribution can be as large as you want or as small as $10.00 on our ‘Ten for Them’ program. Your contribution helps us make a full accounting of all 4,425 US MIA’s from WW1 and keeps these lost men from being forgotten.  Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks. Remember:

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Official Doughboy Foundation Store

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Window Decal

Featuring the iconic Doughboy silhouette flanked by barbed wire so prevalent during WWI, you can proudly display this poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers.

  • Measures 3.5″ x 6″
  • All weather screen design on vinyl

Proceeds from the sale of these items will help build the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the Doughboy Foundation.

Virtual Explorer

Click or scan the QR Code below to download the Virtual Explorer App for the National World War I Memorial, and explore what the Memorial will look like when work is completed.

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Free Self-Contained WWI History Web Site on YOUR computer

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We have packaged all the content we created for “How WWI Changed America” into a format that is essentially a web site on a drive. Download the content onto any drive (USB, external, or as a folder on your computer), and all the content is accessible in a web site type format even without an internet connection. Click here to learn more, and download this amazing educational resource for home or classroom use.

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Helma Caroline (Anderson) Evans

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

Helma Caroline (Anderson) Evans

Submitted by: Douglas Evans {Grandson}

Helma Caroline (Anderson) Evans was born around 1894. Helma (Anderson) Evans served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Helma Caroline (Anderson) Evans was born on September, 2, 1894. Always fiercely independent, and against her parents’ wishes, she enlisted in the US Navy in September of 1918. Helma was assigned as a bookkeeper and assistant to a Navy Commander known as the “Chief Bookkeeper” at the Washington Navy Yard.

She achieved the rank of Petty Office 3rd Class (E-4), and her rating was Yeoman 3rd Class (YN3). During WWI, female Navy Yeoman were known as “Yeomanettes,” and she proudly wore that moniker. Helma was honorably discharged in July of 1919. She was awarded the WWI Victory medal.

While in the service and after the war ended, she participated in a number of parades and ceremonies in support of her fellow Sailors, Marines, and Army troops. Helma also marched in parades in New York City, Providence RI, and Boston, MA, in uniform, in celebration of Armistice Day.

Read Helma Caroline (Anderson) Evans’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.

Honor the Stories of Service of ALL Who Served.

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Virtual Memorial Day Service 2021

Join US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion, along with their comrades from other branches in the International Western USA Zone and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division as they present a virtual Memorial Day service.

The service was originally streamed on May 31, 2021.  You can access the full program here.

Honoring our nation’s heroes

An item today from the US National Park Service.

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Memorial Day

Dear Michael,

Memorial Day is a day we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. As we pay tribute to those we have lost, our national parks stand as sources of strength and comfort. Many of these parks honor our military service members not only today but year-round. These special sites memorialize the bravery of the people who stepped forward to protect our nation and stand for its ideals.

From the solemn honor commemorated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., to the valiant dedication of the first African American pilots in World War II preserved at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama, our parks offer solace and reflection.

You can honor veterans by participating in Memorial Day events and other park experiences and by reading their names and learning their stories of sacrifice so that our nation could endure. Make sure to visit the National Park Service website for more information.

We hope you find peace and solace this Memorial Day and beyond.


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there’s lots happening at RBLI

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The first week of June marks the UK’s annual National Volunteers’ Week, an opportunity for organisations to publicly celebrate their volunteers.

Volunteers have made a significant contribution to RBLI for many years. The support various support from our volunteers directly impacts not only the lives of those we support but the wider community too.

Although RBLI’s Volunteering Programme is still largely scaled back in response to the Coronavirus restrictions, we have been fortunate to have some fantastic support from individuals where it has been safe to do so, ensuring that our organisation can continue to provide support to the Armed Forces community, people with disabilities and those who are out of work.

The Team at RBLI are overwhelmed by the dedication and commitment volunteers show across our organisation and would like to extend our thanks to those who have given up their time to support us.

We will be sharing our volunteering stories over on Facebook during Volunteer’s Week, make sure you take a look.

Bee’s on the Village 🐝

Last week RBLI celebrated #WorldBeeDay, by unveiling our new bee hives and allotment project on RBLI Village.

The Positive Pathways – Purpose, wellbeing and independence through gardening project offers veterans the chance to take up gardening, learn how to grow fresh organic fruit and vegetables and discover the art of beekeeping, hopefully produce some honey and also pollen and beeswax that will be used for cleaning and beauty products in RBLI’s own Base Camp Café.

We have opened up this opportunity to our supporters and hope to encourage everyone to come and experience some time on the allotment, from novices to keen gardeners, learn new skills and pass on knowledge with RBLI Veterans.

If you would like to volunteer your services to help with the setting up and running of the allotment, please email

This project has been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, part of the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing programme.

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Each purchase made allows RBLI to provide much-needed support to those who need it most.

Our veterans have been very busy creating a whole new range of Tommy products to spruce up your garden this Summer.

If you haven’t already, check out the range below!

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Want to be part of Team Brave? 💪

As places start to open up again, so has the events world. We finally have the go ahead to take part in live events. We have several half marathons coming up over the next few months so why not join #TeamBrave and take on a new challenge to beat the lockdown blues.

London Landmarks Half Marathon – Sunday 1 August
Hackney Half Marathon – Sunday 26 September
Royal Parks Half Marathon – Sunday 10 October

There are only a few spaces left on each event so sign up by emailing or via our website 👇

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