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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Memorials to the Missing – Doiron

The Salonika Front. Notwithstanding the mosquitoes, the inevitable French-British rivalries, the on-again off-again Greek politics and nearly three years of launching futile attacks against strong defenses held by a lightly-regarded adversary, ultimately this was where the end of World War I began. ...read more

“Keeping Legends Alive” at Haskell Indian Nations University

This Friday and Saturday (September 21 and 22), the Haskell Indian Nations University at Lawrence will honor the legacy of those who served the country.  The program will recreate the 1926 dedication of the Haskell Arch and Stadium–the first tribal World War I memorial. ...read more

Emporia’s Veterans Day

Emporia takes credit as the home of Veterans Day, and rightfully so, although it is important to remember that November 11 is also Armistice Day.

But Emporia does make the most of the observance.  This year it includes a talk on the subject, “Emporia’s Company ‘L’  in WWI.”  The talk will be delivered twice, first on Wednesday, November 7th in the Sauder Alumni Center at 7:00 p.m.  It will be repeated the next day, Thursday, November 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in the commons area at the White Library. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 22-24

This week’s WWI programming on C-SPAN3–as usual, all times here are Central.

American Artifacts:  World War I Battle of Saint-Mihiel.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.

German U-Boat North America Campaign, 1918.  Airs at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22nd.  Repeats at 12:00 Noon, Sunday, September 23rd, and 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 24th. ...read more

WW1 in British Honduras

This article describes the impact of the First World War on a backwater of the Empire, British Honduras, which today is the independent nation of Belize. Click here.

Bleckley Day, Wichita, October 6

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, VFW Post 112 of Wichita will remember Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Erwin Bleckley.  The Wichita native lost his life on that day 100 years earlier, attempting to drop supplies to “The Lost Battalion.”  The remembrance will be held at the VA Auditorium at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. ...read more

The World Remembers

The Kansas Museum of History is proud to participate in The World Remembers 2018, which honors WWI soldiers. This electronic Honor Wall will display the names of more than 1 million servicemen beginning September 12 and runs 61 days through November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 15-16

WWI viewing continues this weekend on C-SPAN3.  All times are Central, and as usual, we are not responsible for schedule changes.  Up this weekend:

Reel America:  The Pershing Story – 1963.  Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15th.

American Artifacts:  WWI Centennial, Chateau – Theirry & Belleau Wood.  Airs at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15th. ...read more

Topeka High School Ceremony

Topeka High School will have flag raising ceremony at 7:00 a.m., Friday, November 9th to honor the alumni who lost their lives in World War I.  For more information, here is the post from the THS Historical Society Facebook page:

“November 11, 1918 marked the end of fighting in World War I and the beginning of the Armistice. From that date we now have Veteran’s Day. Eight Topeka High graduates died in WW I. The names of 7 men are remembered on a boulder outside the THS auditorium entrance. Topeka High will have a flag raising ceremony on Friday, November 9th, at 7 am, to honor our graduates who lost their lives in WWI. If you are related to any of the people being honored, please contact Joan at 785-295-3200, thshs2001@yahoo.com. Names on the THS memorial boulder are: Victor Blakely (THS 1912), William Bolinger (freshman when enlisted), Crosby Deacon (THS 1913), Robert Melton (THS 1915), Harold Olson (THS 1917), Lyman Rice (THS 1913), Kenneth Sutherland (THS 1917). Miss Faye Friedburg, (THS 1914) also gave her life, but is not included on the rock. ...read more

Footage of Hollywood Stars at Liberty Bond Rallies September 1918

See Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Marie Dressler and Sessue Hayakawa promoting Liberty Bonds. Click here.

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