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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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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

Coming Soon — Journey’s End

The R.C. Sheriff play , Journey’s End, has been filmed and is in release.  For those in the Kansas City area, it will open May 11 at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.

Here’s a description of the film from the Tivoli website:

“March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer. Journey’s End brings R.C. Sherriff’s 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb’s hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.” ...read more

C-SPAN3, April 21-23

Coming up this weekend on C-SPAN3, the following WWI programs are scheduled.  Times given here are Central; we’re not responsible for schedule changes.  Errors in this post is another story; we resent all errors.

Lasting Impressions of World War I.  This program airs four times over the weekend; it’s a joint press conference co-hosted by the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the National Press Club.  First airing is at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, with a repeat at 10:00 p.m. that evening.  Third airing is at 4:01 p.m. Sunday, April 22.  The last airing is in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 23, at 2:01 p.m. ...read more

National Park Service WW1 website

The National Park Service is ‘over here’, while the American Battle Monuments Commission is ‘over there’. Nevertheless, the Park Service has a WW1 web site, which you can access here.

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