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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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US Mint offers Centennial Silver Medals again

Originally offered from January 17th until February 20th, these became available again on July 29th. There is a medal for the Army, the Navy, the Air Service, the Marines and the Coast Guard, and each is priced at $99.95. For more information click here.

Video of the “Turning the Tide” Stamp Ceremony

As a little extra to Jim’s previous post about the new WWI stamp, the First Day of Issue ceremony was recorded and can be seen on the YouTube channel of the National World War I Museum  and Memorial in Kansas City, where the ceremony took place.

Operation Twin Links

A couple of motorcycle enthusiasts from France found a U.S. Army surplus 1918 Harley Davidson in pieces and have restored it to 1918 condition. They have embarked on a 5,000 mile ride around the U.S. and some time in the next few days they should pass through Cherokee County, KS. Folks in Baxter Springs should keep a lookout for them. You can read more about this here and also here. ...read more

The Great War Returns to PBS

PBS will again air the American Experience documentary, The Great War, beginning on June 19th.  The three part series will then air in successive weeks on June 26th and July 3rd.  For stations serving Kansas, the series will be broadcast from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central, with the exception of KOOD, which will air it from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Readers outside of Kansas should check their local PBS stations’ schedules. ...read more

Bells of Peace: A National World War I Remembrance

The United States World War One Centennial Commission is now promoting the following activity for the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending The Great War.  The program  is entitled Bells of Peace:  A National World War I Remembrance.  We will let the following statement from the Commission explain: ...read more

Today is National Poppy Day

As a Legionnaire myself, I urge you to join with The American Legion in commemorating those who died in all of our conflicts, including WW1. Learn  more here.

Also, I urge you to watch the Memorial Day ceremony at Aisne Marne Cemetery in France which will be broadcast at 9:00 PM Monday on CSPAN3. You can read more about this here. ...read more

Armistice Day Observances

The time is fast upon us to observe the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of fighting in World War I.  We hope shortly to have more information about plans from the National Centennial Commission .  We hope that some people out there have some ideas how they may mark the observance in their communities, and we also hope that you will share the ideas here. ...read more

Memorial Day + 150

There are several towns that claim to be the home of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first called.  But it was a hundred and fifty years ago this Saturday–May 5, 1868–that a specific date was set aside for the  remembrance of the military dead. ...read more

The American Hospital in Paris

There will be two opportunities to see this World War I documentary next week.  The first will be at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence on May 7:


And if that doesn’t work for you, it can be seen the next evening at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City: ...read more

Kansas Loyalty Day

Here’s an event that took place yesterday — our apologies, but we didn’t quite get word of the event fast enough to post it here.  As a World War I centennial observance, we do want to give credit where credit is due.

Loyalty Day was observed at the Rosedale Arch in Kansas City, KS yesterday.  For the uninformed, here is a description of Loyalty Day: ...read more

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