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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Category: Monuments & Memorials (page 1 of 8)

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

Liberty Bond Day, October 24, 1917

I came across something recently that I though would make a good post.  The bad news is that it came to my attention so recently that I really haven’t had time to do much research.

October 24, 1917 was Liberty Bond Day across the nation.  Many Kansas communities planned to have rallies to support the cause, and from what I can tell, Kansas went over the top when it came to its target for Liberty bonds.  But it got no mention in a reasonably reliable source often quoted on this blog, The Annals of Kansas. ...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.

Memorials to the Missing – Loos, and Rudyard Kipling’s son

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing at Loos-en-Gohelle in the northwestern corner of France bears the names of 20,615 men who were lost in the vicinity from September 1915 through November 1918. The memorial encloses the CWGC Dud Corner Cemetery, which has 684 burials. ...read more

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

The United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library has announced the first 50 recipients of grants for the restoration of World War One Monuments and Memorials, and to announce a second round of applications.  Full details here:  http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/100-cities-100-memorials-home.html ...read more

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