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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: James Patton (page 1 of 10)

The U.S.S. Texas is sinking

The U.S.S. Texas (BB35) is in serious trouble. For the past 69 years she has been a floating museum located at San Jacinto, TX, near Houston. Beginning in 2012, the ship began to develop serious hull leaks and now the stewards of the ship, the Texas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says that the Texas must either be relocated to a dry site or scrapped. See the full story here ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Tyne Cot (Passchendaele)

We can truly say that the whole circuit of the Earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon Earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.” ...read more

Report from the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Under an overcast sky earlier today, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the US Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars and their key partners broke ground for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC. The event was streamed and many of you may have watched it live. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Pozières (Australians on the Somme)

The Pozières Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing is located on the Somme Battlefield in France near the village of the same name, about a mile from the massive Thiepval Memorial and a quarter mile from the Lochnagar Crater.

The Battle of Pozières was a part of a forty-one day action wherein the British Fourth Army tried to flank the German strongpoint at Thiepval. The Australian 1st Division, recently arrived in France after heroic service at Gallipoli, was tasked with capturing the defenses at Pozières which included a bunker complex that the British mapmakers called ‘Gibraltar’ and the nearby windmill on the highest point, Hill 160, which the Germans had also fortified. ...read more

Ceremony in DC will be Livestreamed


On Thursday, November 9 at 11am ET the US World War I Centennial Commission will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for America’s World War I Memorial to engage the American people in remembering our veterans from WWI. Watch a live-stream of the groundbreaking through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ww1centennial ...read more

Cap’n Eddie and the SPAD XIII

The Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) was created in 1913, a consortium led by aviation pioneer Louis Blériot. SPAD made aircraft using an automotive engine, the Hispano Suiza liquid cooled V-8, initially under small contracts from both the Russian and the French air services.  Eventually, the SPAD VII was a big success, with about 3,500 built, while the SPAD XIII, introduced in April 1917, was the crown jewel of the firm with 8,472 produced, about 900 of which were sold to the U.S. Army. The SPAD XIII’s engine developed up to 220 hp, the aircraft’s top speed was 135 mph, its range was 171 miles, it could fly up to 21,000 ft. and its rate of climb was 384 ft. per minute. ...read more

Centennial of the 2nd Division

WW1 officer’s uniform, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division

Tomorrow the 2nd Infantry Division will observe 100 years of service to the nation. Perhaps a few words about the organization of large military formations are in order here. In the 1917 U.S. Army the ascending math goes like this: a company was several platoons, a battalion was several companies, a regiment was several battalions, a brigade was two regiments, a division was two brigades, a corps was more than one division and an army was more than one corps. Got it? ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Mikra

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Mikra Memorial to the Missing is located inside the Mikra Cemetery in Kalamaria, Greece, which is on the Aegean Sea about four miles south of Thessaloniki, which in 1915 the British called Salonika.

The cemetery has 1,810 Commonwealth burials and 147 of other nationalities. All are from WW1. Although the site was started in April 1917 due to a nearby hospital complex, many graves are post-war re-burials from up the line. ...read more

Groundbreaking for Pershing Park Memorial

Scheduled for November 9th, 2017.

World War 100 symposium

I apologize for the short fuse on this. The Wisconsin World War I Centennial CommissionWisconsin Veterans MuseumWisconsin Historical Society, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host World War 100: A Centennial Symposium on October 27-28, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. Get all of the details here. ...read more

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