WWI DISPATCH January 1, 2019

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
“Building a national WWI memorial in Washington proves to be an uphill battle”

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James Glenday, North America Correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is perplexed. In a recent article about the efforts of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to build the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC, he writes: “To an Australian, the task sounds like it should be simple. Build a national World War I memorial in the centre of Washington DC in time for the 100th anniversary of the armistice. America is a nation that makes a point of honouring its veterans…So, how hard could building it be?” Click here to read how Glenday then answers his own rhetorical question, and get an excellent international perspective on the challenges the Commission has and is facing, and overcoming, to build the Memorial.


“Packard Dave” Lockard earns National Awards for his WWI trucks, storytelling

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“Packard Dave” Lockard, an old, old friend to the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, is an antique automobile/truck enthusiast. He owns several World War I-era Packard military vehicles, and serves as a historical expert on the topic of WWI military transportation. As a volunteer educator and history presenter, “Packard Dave” has been involved with telling the story of World War I to huge groups of people at auto-shows, parades, historical events, and special commemorations. Dave’s great efforts to remember our American veterans, in his special way, has recently drawn the attention of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). They have bestowed Packard Dave with not one, but two, of their very highest national awards. The Commission’s Director of Public Affairs Chris Isleib had a chance to speak to Dave about this latest recognition of his efforts.


Peter Jackson’s WWI Doc ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Sets New Box Office Records

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The Deadline | Hollywood web site reports that the December 27 presentation of Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old from Warner Bros. set a brand new record for Fathom Events, making an estimated $3.1 million-plus from two showtimes at 1,122 theaters. That’s the highest-grossing single-day ever for a documentary playing via Fathom, and one of the top-grossing single-night presentations of any kind from the events company. Originally, the Dec. 17 presentation of They Shall Not Grow Old set the record for Fathom with $2.3M. Click here to read more about the record-setting and -breaking performances for the film, and what that may portend for the nation-wide general release of the film in January.


Library of Congress makes Updates to World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service

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The Library of Congress has announced that the massive collection, World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926, is now fully digitized and freely available on the Library of Congress website. The 79,621 pages are packed with war-related front pages, illustrated feature articles, editorial cartoons, and more. You can search by keywords, browse the content chronologically, and download pages. Click here to read more about the tremendous effort that has made the entire collection accessible worldwide only a few weeks after the 100th anniversary of the armistice with Germany ending World War I.


“Pershing’s Own” US Army Band musicians present Chamber Music to Commemorate Armistice Centennial

Staff Sergeant Justin Polybank

On Thursday, January 17th 2019, musicians from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will present a chamber music concert commemorating the centennial anniversary of the World War I Armistice. The performance takes place at The National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, located at 701 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20002, at 7:00 PM. The program features classical chamber music of the group of French composers known as “Les Six.” US World War I Centennial Commission intern Madison Menz spoke with Staff Sergeant Justin Polybank (left) of the U.S. Army Band, about the upcoming concert, and its importance.


Re-enacting the Battle of Jutland: U.S. Naval War College tackles lessons from a decisive World War I sea battle

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A U.S. Naval War College war game based on a much-studied World War I battle was held at the Queen’s House at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, U.K. in November. The participants included officials from U.S. Naval War College, which has long and historic ties to the 1916 Battle of Jutland. The re-enactment employed the same methods and technology used a century ago to understand the maritime strategy of what was the largest naval surface engagement of World War I. The battle was fought between Great Britain and Germany off the coast of Denmark, at the cost of nearly 10,000 lives. Click here to read more about the reenactment, and the organizers and participants learned from the exercise.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

A Discussion with Sir Hew Strachan

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In December 14th’s WW1 Centennial News Podcast, Episode 101, host Theo Mayer spoke with Sir Hew Strachan (left), an esteemed professor of International Relations, renowned Great War expert, and prolific author from the United Kingdom. This detailed and engaging discussion delves into the global political consequences of the war, including the fate of several broken empires and the ascendancy of the United States on the world stage. Click here to read a complete transcript of the entire interview.

American Battle Monuments Commission

Mike Knapp

In December 14th’s WW1 Centennial News Podcast, Episode 101, host Theo Mayer spoke with Mike Knapp (left), Chief of Historical Services for the ABMC. The conversation covered topics such as the origins of the ABMC, and America’s approach to honoring its war dead following the cessation of hostilities. Click here to read a complete transcript of the entire interview.

Gold Star Mothers:
An Interview with Candy Martin

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In December 14th’s WW1 Centennial News Podcast, Episode 101, host Theo Mayer spoke with Candy Martin, past National President of the American Gold Star Mothers, about the history and mission of this special organization- especially as it relates to the War That Changed the World. Click here to read a complete transcript of the entire interview.


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Episode #103
Favorite Segments of 2018 – Part 1

Host: Theo Mayer

This New Year week, and next week, we have a two-episode special for you.

We have pulled together some of our favorite stories and segments from 2018!

They are presented in chronological order. Part 1 comes out this week – the last week of 2018, and Part 2 will publish next week – the first week of 2019.

This episode includes:

  • January 11,  Episode #54 – “Wilson’s 14 points” |@ 01:10
  • Same week, Episode #54 – “A Century In The Making” with Sabin Howard |@ 05:15
  • March 2, Episode #61 – “March 1917 Preview” with Dr. Edward Lengel, Katherine Akey and Theo Mayer |@ 11:25
  • Same week, #61 – “The Fighting in Russia” with Mike Shuster |@ 22:45
  • March 9, Episode #63 – “Alvin York’s Crisis of Conscience” with Dr. Edward Lengel |@ 26:25
  • April 4 Episode #66 – “PTSD Among the Pilots” with Mark Wilkins |@ 33:10
  • May 4  Episode #70 – “The Big Influenza Pandemic” with Kenneth C. Davis  |@ 40:05
  • Same week, Episode #70 – “The Story of Eddie Rickenbacker”  |@ 47:20

Literature in WWI This Week

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Not One, Two Years of WWrite in Review! January 2017 – January 2019
Part 1: WWI and Today’s Veteran Writers

By Jennifer Orth-Veillon, Blog Curator

“Every veteran deserves to be remembered” states the United States WWI Centennial Commission in its efforts to construct a memorial in Washington D.C. Since 2013, the WWICC has worked to make sure that WWI veterans secure their place in American’s collective memory and history. Over the month of January, to prepare for the remaining months of the blog, WWrite will publish a “WWrite Blog: Two Years in Review of WWI and Writing,” a series that will document and synthesize the 100+ blog contributions from January 2017 to January 2019. Read this first installment of the series that highlights contributions from U.S. veteran authors, who discuss WWI’s influence on their life and writing. Robert Olen Butler, Elliot Ackerman, Brian Turner, Tracy Crow, Brian Castner, and more!


Doughboy MIA for week of Dec. 31

Preston Woodward

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week is is Private Preston Woodward. Born in Johnston County, North Carolina, Woodard was inducted into the army on October 6th, 1917 at Pine Level, NC, and did his training at Camp Jackson. He received further instruction at Camp Sevier and was assigned to Company D, 119th Infantry, 30th ‘Old Hickory’ Division before being sent for overseas embarkation with them on May 20th, 1918. Brigaded with the British Expeditionary Force, the 30th Division saw plenty of action in the British War Zone in Northern France and Belgium all that summer and early fall. Woodard was reported killed in action on October 10th, 1918, and was buried where he fell. There is considerable confusion concerning his case, as the British first had charge of his recovery before American Grave Registration personnel took over to bring him to an American cemetery. His remains appear to have gone unidentified.

Would you like to help solve PVT Woodard’s case? Then why not give ‘Ten For Them’ to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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Centennial Commemorative Lapel Pin

 Proudly Wearing the WWI 100 Years lapel pin is a fantastic way to let folks serving in the military, along with veterans, know that we still honor those who served our country one hundred years ago.

This satin nickel lapel pin is a simple, yet meaningful, way to display your pride and remember those who sacrificed throughout our nation’s great history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes towards funding the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.


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Coin Display

The US Mint stopped selling the World War I Commemorative Coin on December 27, but you can still purchase the limited edition silver dollar in combination with our specially-designed display stand, personalized with information about your WWI ancestor, from the Centennial Official Merchandise store. This package makes a great collectible gift for family members and descendants of those who served in World War I. Personalization can include: rank, full name, enlisted date, deceased date, unit/decorations, battles, cemetery, etc. If you already purchased the Commemorative Coin from the US Mint, you can order just the personalized display. Both the combo set and display alone are available at hereSupplies are limited.  And remember: proceeds from the sale of this item go towards funding the building of the National World War One Memorial in Washington DC.


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Irving Alexander Slicklen

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

Irving Alexander Slicklen

Submitted by: Gayle Reynolds {great-niece}

Irving Alexander Slicklen born around 1903. Irving Slicklen served in World War 1 with the United States Coast Guard. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Irving was said to be tall and looked older than his actual age, so being very patriotic he decided he’d try and enlist after school one day. He obviously pulled the wool over the eyes of those in the recruitment office and found himself an instant member of the Coast Guard. Puffed out with pride, he went home and told his mother.

Great-Grandma Slicklen was so appalled that a 15-year old could have been signed up for war that she grabbed her coat and dashed out of the house, forgetting she was wearing her bedroom slippers. She ran all the way to the recruitment office, where she breathlessly begged for Irving to be released from service. Unfortunately she was told that he had signed the official papers, which were already being processed, there was no way he could be released from active duty.

His father, an attorney, was then called home from his office and put his argumentative skills to work to no avail. Since Irving felt so honored to be part of the Coast Guard, giving a better argument for his service than his father had against it, he was reluctantly granted his parents’ blessings.

Read Irving Alexander Slicklen’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


There But Not There – the year in review

From the There But Not There organization.


There But Not There 2018
In 2018, Remembered launched the There But Not There project to:

Commemorate those who died in the First World War through art installations wherever there is a Roll of Honour.
Educate all generations, particularly the young, to learn from and recognise the sacrifice made by so many service personnel.
Heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their services.

As we head into 2019, we want to share our 2018 highlights with you.

Our silhouettes were installed in 3,500 communities around the UK.
We teamed up with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to ensure all communities that wanted to remember their Fallen could host a commemorative installation in their local area. Uniformed youth groups, schools, places of worship and community spaces around the country returned figures back to the spaces they left behind 100 years ago.
We shared educational resources with 24,000 schools
Our educational resources were downloaded by schools around the country, helping to support the teaching of the First World War in both primary and secondary classrooms and encouraging the younger generation to better understand the true impact of war.
Our Tommies have been taken into more than 80,000 homes
Our incredible success on the first day of our campaign has continued through the year and it’s wonderful to know that so many families are using our Tommies to remember family members or loved ones who served in the First World War and conflicts since.
We have taken our campaign to Downing Street, The Treasury and to Parliament
Over 120,000 of you signed our petition to return the VAT charged on our Tommies. Thanks to your support, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that a donation equivalent to the VAT will be made to our beneficiaries. This is wonderful news and means that even more money is raised with each Tommy sold. Thank you.
Our 6ft Tommies have been installed in some truly iconic locations 
From the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Millennium Stadium and Lords Cricket Ground, governmental and sporting institutions have shown their support for our campaign.
… As well as internationally – in the USA, Canada and Australia
And we ended the year with a Millie!

We were over the moon to win the award for ‘Support for the Armed Forces at The Sun Military Awards in December. This is in no small part down to the incredible backing we have received from our supporters, so thank you for being part of our campaign. 

Here’s to 2019!
We have had an incredible year and we cannot wait to share our plans for next year with you. We are continuing to sell our remaining Tommies, to remember those who were still suffering after the end of the war and to raise money for veterans who need our support today.
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You can still buy your Tommies in-store at the following locations:

  • WHSmith high street stores (please ask at the counter)
  • John Lewis stores in: Welwyn Garden City, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh
  • Selected Timpson stores (see our website)
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Every Veteran Deserves to be Remembered

From the World War One Centennial Commission.


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Graphic showing stats from WWI - 4.7 million men and women served, 375,00 U.S. Casualties, 116,516 deaths, 0 national memorials in D.C

The United States honors the American veterans of every major conflict of the 20th century with a national memorial in Washington, D.C. – except the veterans of World War I.

With your help, that can change. Completely funded through private donations, the World War I National Memorial can only be completed with the support of Americans like you.

Join the thousands of Americans who have already contributed to make the Memorial a reality. Every American who served deserves to be honored, and with your help, they will be.

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Part 1: 2018 favorite segments

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Favorite Segments of 2018 – Part 1

Host: Theo Mayer

This New Year’s week, and next week, we have a two-episode special for you.
We have pulled together some of our favorite stories and segments from 2018!

They are presented in chronological order. Part 1 comes out this week – the last week of 2018, and Part 2 will publish next week – the first week of 2019.


This episode includes:

  • January 11,  Episode #54
    “Wilson’s 14 points” |@ 01:10
  • Same week, Episode #54
    “A Century In The Making” with Sabin Howard |@ 05:15
  • March 2, Episode #61
    “March 1917 Preview” with Dr. Edward Lengel, Katherine Akey and Theo Mayer |@ 11:25
  • Same week, #61,
    “The Fighting in Russia” with Mike Shuster |@ 22:45
  • March 9, Episode #63
    “Alvin York’s Crisis of Conscience” with Dr. Edward Lengel |@ 26:25
  • April 4 Episode #66
    “PTSD Among the Pilots” with Mark Wilkins |@ 33:10
  • May 4  Episode #70
    “The Big Influenza Pandemic” with Kenneth C. Davis  |@ 40:05
  • Same week, Episode #70
    “The Story of Eddie Rickenbacker”  |@ 47:20

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Take a First Look at the National World War I Memorial, Washington, D.C.

From the World War One Centennial Commission.


A Virtual Tour of the National World War I Memorial is Now Live!

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Last month the public had the opportunity to tour the site of the National World War I Memorial in D.C., and to see firsthand how the site will look when completed.

Now, you have the opportunity to do the same.  The virtual Site Walk-Through allows you to see what the Memorial will look like when completed, right from the comfort of your own home.

Click the button below to experience what it will be like when the National World War 1 Memorial in our Nation’s captial is completed and open to the public.

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Happy Boxing Day From Canadian Studies

From one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Happy Boxing Day from Canadian Studies
Greetings and happy Boxing Day from Berkeley! We are reaching out to let you know what we’ve been up to in 2018.
Canadian Studies was thrilled once again to support the work of our talented Hildebrand Fellows. They are Berkeley graduate students conducting research in Canada, or on Canadian topics. Three fellowship recipients presented this month: Kimberly Huynh (Civil/Environmental Engineering), Desiree Valadares (Architecture), and Alexandra Havrylyshyn (former Fellow, current Post-Doc at Berkeley Law). This year Canadian Studies also supported the work of Martha Herrara-Lasso Gonzáles (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies), Erika Brown (School of Public Health), and Tyler Nodine (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning).
In November, Michael Adams spoke in our luncheon Colloquium series on his new book “Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit.” During Cal Homecoming in mid-October, Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies Irene Bloemraad spoke to a capacity crowd of 150 on “Why Canadians Love Immigration and Americans Aren’t so Sure.”
In October, Canadian Studies was also delighted to partner with the Digital Moose Lounge to present the 2nd Annual Canadian Family Thanksgiving at Alumni House. A sell-out crowd of over 100 Canadians and friends of Canada gathered to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, network, and enjoy Canadian food and beverages.
A major highlight of the year was the visit of legendary Canadian author Margaret Atwood, to campus in August. Canadian Studies partnered with the College of Letters and Science to host a reception following Ms. Atwood’s talk, entitled “The Handmaid’s Tale Escapes From Its Book.” Several hundred students and members of the community enjoyed a witty talk by Ms. Atwood, and a festive reception in Lower Sproul Plaza afterward.
The 2018 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture was delivered in April by Elizabeth May, MP, the leader of Canada’s Green Party. Ms. May discussed “Can Canada Claim Climate Leadership? Can the Paris Accord Succeed in Avoiding the Worst of the Climate Crisis?” The late Professor Thomas Barnes might not have agreed with all of Ms. May’s views, but he would have been delighted to have Canadian Studies in the thick of debate, whether scholarly or on key contemporary public policy issues.  This reflects Tom’s vision of Canadian Studies as a “big tent,” welcoming diverse viewpoints and disciplines.
Also to that end, Canadian Studies hosted a panel discussion on NAFTA in February. Academics and practitioners discussed “North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance.” Canadian Consul General Rana Sarkar moderated with Dr. Christopher Sands (Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University), Maria Echaveste (UC Berkeley Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy) and Jeremy Kinsman (former Canadian Ambassador). Some audience members said it was the most intellectually stimulating discussion they had heard at Berkeley.
Looking ahead, on January 29, the 2019 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture will be delivered by Jean-Frédéric Morin, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair of Canadian Studies and Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of Laval University.
Finally, we want to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support of Canadian Studies. Over 90% of our annual budget comes from the generosity of friends and donors like you, who care about making sure that the academic study of Canada remains a vibrant part of the intellectual life of the University. If your family is considering end-of-calendar-year gifts to causes you champion, we hope you will consider including Canadian Studies in your giving. UC Berkeley is a Revenue Canada Prescribed University and an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions made to Canadian Studies may be tax-deductible on American and Canadian federal income taxes (consult your tax professional).
Contributions can be made securely online via credit card at canada.berkeley.edu/donate or via check in US or Canadian funds made out to “UC Regents” and mailed to the address below.
Since 1982, the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, has served as an intellectual hub for thought on Canada and Canadian-American issues. We were honored to carry that legacy throughout 2018, and look forward to continuing that work in 2019. In the meantime, we wish you the happiest of holidays. Please know that we are grateful for your ongoing support of Canadian Studies at Berkeley. We couldn’t do it without you.
Sincerely,
Irene Bloemraad, Ph.D.
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WWI DISPATCH December 25, 2018

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A Doughboy’s Christmas, Germany 1918

George and Johann

In December of 1918, the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division, was assigned to the area of Prüm, Germany, as their final area of occupation, after a long march of two hundred forty kilometers through snow and cold, beginning on November 24th, from Stenay, France, through Belgium and Luxembourg into Germany. Billets for the officers and enlisted men of the regiment were found in local German civilian homes, and a certain amount of resentment from the local population was anticipated by the U.S. forces. But on December 25, 1918, George A. Carlson, a young American soldier from Denver, Colorado, found that the violence and suffering that the war had brought to the tiny village of Philippsheim had not extinguished the Christmas spirit there. Nearly a century later, George’s grandson visited Germany to follow his grandfather’s footsteps in the war. Click here to read about the amazing encounter that took place in Philippsheim, an unlikely gift from a Christmas observance that took place 100 years ago.


About the WWI Commemorative Silver Dollar & how it helps build the National WWI Memorial

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The U.S. Mint’s collectible 2018 World War I Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar is only officially available for two more days after Christmas: The coin goes off-sale at the Mint on December 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.  Buying this collectible coin helps the United States World War I Centennial Commission to build the new National WWI Memorial in Washington DC. Here is how it works. Congress authorizes commemorative coins that celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. Although these coins are legal tender, they are not minted for general circulation. Each commemorative coin is produced by the United States Mint in limited quantity and is only available for a limited time. As well as commemorating important aspects of American history and culture, these coins help raise money for important causes. Part of the price of these coins is a surcharge that goes to organizations and projects that benefit the community. Click here to read more about how your purchase of this historic commemorative coin will help build the long-overdue national memorial for our WWI Veterans in the nation’s capitol.


“We owe a considerable debt to the veterans of the Great War.”

Olympia color guard

The World War I-era Battle Cruiser USS Olympia (actually built in the 19th Century) played a significant role in WWI, providing naval support, helping with convoy duty, and bringing the Unknown Soldier home from France. The ship continues in her duties, as she uniquely tells the American World War I story in her role as a museum ship in the City of Philadelphia. Last month, Olympia played host to a special Armistice Centennial ceremony that included participation in our Bells of Peace effort. We had a chance to hear about it from Denise Krepp, who is part of the Cruiser Olympia’s staff.


Westford crafters create poppies for World War I remembrance

Westford poppies

The Westford (MA) Museum knew they wanted to honor the past with their annual contribution to the local Festival of Trees, so they chose a colorful and solemn expression of remembrance, 100 handcrafted poppies. The poppies were crocheted and knitted by 15 crafters, Westford residents and volunteers known to the museum. Westford Museum’s newest director Linda Greene said having the poppy Christmas tree featured at during the Westford Regency’s festival was not only a way to embrace the holiday season, but pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Click here to read more about this innovative yet traditional approach to remembering the service of American in WWI.


Kluge Center Symposium Marks the Centennial of the Paris Peace Conference

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On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference, “The United States and the World: Legacies of the Paris Peace Conference.” The symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. This discussion will explore the legacies of a pivotal period in world history, including themes of Wilsonianism, the ideological origins of the United Nations, the projection of American power and a new international order. Click here to read more about this upcoming event, and how you can secure your free tickets.


“It was incredibly gratifying for all of us involved.”

Mark Simone

Mark Simone is a successful young post-production specialist in Hollywood. He was the lead for his company, Stereo D, in their work with the Peter Jackson WWI documentary, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD. Mark’s job was to bring the film alive in 3-Dimensional imaging. Mark’s company, Stereo D is an award-winning, recognized leader in high-quality conversions of 2D theatrical content into stereoscopic 3D imagery, working with major award-winning motion picture studios and filmmakers to bring their vision of 3D storytelling to the screen. We got a chance to talk to Mark about the film, and his experience working on it.


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Only one date left in December to see
this remarkable World War I film!

Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” to select cinemas on  December 27 only.

The film is presented in 2D and RealD 3D. The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.  For tickets, visit FathomEvents.com.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration. 

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Episode 102:
2018 Holiday Music Special:

This is our 2018 Holiday music special. We have compiled a collection of WWI era holiday music. It includes popular Holiday music of the time including some German, French, British and Italian pieces and even a modern day rendition of I’ll be home for Christmas courtesy of the contemporary WWI musicians, Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan.

(photo: “Saluting Santa” Magazine cover created by Joseph Christian Leyendecker published on December 7, 1918 for Saturday Evening Post)


Literature in WWI This Week

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Mediated Memory, Myth, and Legend: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and the Great War in Modern Thought

By Anna Rindfleisch

Mediated memory is a term that means representations of the past that are transmitted through modern media and affect the construction of personal and/or collective memory.

This week, at WWrite, English Research Historian and social media expert, Anna Rindfleisch, discusses this concept in the context of WWI through an analysis of a British Sainsbury’s advertisement featuring the 1914 Christmas Truce.

In her post, she explains that the massive outpouring of social media postings and institutional centenary events over the past four years suggest that the 100-year-old trauma attached to the iconic image of the Front Soldier has been transmitted down generations and shaped our contemporary understanding of the Great War.

Read this inventive post about the Christmas Truce, revisited, at WWrite this week!


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Commemorative Hat

Commemorative Hat

Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA hat. The poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago. The Navy hat with white Doughboy embroidery is a 100% cotton, structured with contrasting pancake visor, sweatband and taping, and pre-curved bill. The velcro closure features U.S. flag emblem. A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included. Order your Doughboy Commemorative hat here.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.  Proceeds from the Official WWI Centennial Merchandise help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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John William McGrain, Sr.

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

John William McGrain, Sr.

Submitted by:John W. McGrain, Jr. {son}

My father worked as a civilian employee of the Quartermaster Corps forwarding supplies to the front. They took over the Candler Building in Baltimore and also shipped material through Fort Holabird.

The Candler Building belonged to the Coca Cola Company founded by Asa Candler. They called it the “Battle of Coca-Cola.”

That building still stands as far as I know on Market space near the inner harbor. I still have a badge my father wore.

Read John William McGrain, Sr.’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.