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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old is a documentary produced by New Zealand-based Sir Peter Jackson, of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his high-tech studio Wing Nut Films, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.

The film footage used is entirely authentic to the war, but the speed has been re-regulated and the images digitally cleaned, improved and colorized, with stunning results. The soundtrack is taken from interviews with British veterans that were recorded forty or fifty years ago. The run time is 99 minutes and the theater version is available in 3-D. ...read more

Bleckley Day in Wichita, October 6

Medal of Honor recipient Erwin Bleckley was remembered in his native Wichita on October 6, 100 years to the day when he lost his life on the Western Front.

A video and story an be seen here:

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/-god-saved-our-souls-veterans-saved-this-country-bleckley-day-honored/1503503650 ...read more

Veterans Day at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

From the Flint Hills Discover Center Foundation, Manhattan:

In the eleventh month (November), on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which occurred in 1918. On Monday, November 12, in observance of Veteran’s Day, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will provide free admission to all military personnel active duty, retired and their families.  FHDC has honored military personnel and families with free admission on Veteran’s Day since 2013.  This is made possible from a grant secured by the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation through the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation.  Additional funding will be used to continue honoring our military family and friends.  If you are active military, retired or family come by on November 12, and spend some time with us at FHDC! More details here  ...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

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

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

Wichita Art Museum Exhibit and Programming

Slipping through almost unnoticed is an exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, Over There, Over Here: American Print Makers Go to War, 1914-1918.  It opened July 28 and runs until February 17, 2019.  We’ll rely on text from the Museum’s web site to describe it: ...read more

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library WWI Programming

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has scheduled talks and exhibits in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting in World War I.  These are scheduled for October through January 2019.

Modern Weapons in World War I.  Dr. Mark Hull of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College will talk on the subject of weapons introduced in World War I.  The talk is in Marvin Auditorium 101A at the Library at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 5th. ...read more

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