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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Wentworth Doughboy Preserved

Last week the US WW1 Centennial Commission published this article about the proposed sale of the Viquesney ‘Spirit of the Doughboy’  statue on the grounds of the former Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO.  The creditors of the academy have maintained that the statue was collateral on the academy’s debts, but the Alumni Association of the academy has counterclaimed that they own the statue because it was entirely paid for by alumni.  A judge has ruled in the favor of the Alumni Association and the statue may end up at the National WW1 Museum in Kansas City, MO. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Polygon Wood

There is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing located in the northeastern corner of a small forest called Polygon Wood, near Zonnebeke, Belgium.

The memorial is on the site of the CWGC Buttes New Cemetery, which is a post-war concentration of over 2,000 burials of remains recovered from the surrounding area, mostly 1917 casualties. It’s considered an extension of the older Polygon Wood CWGC cemetery nearby – there is a connecting walk – and so the Cross of Sacrifice is in Polygon Wood Cemetery and the Stone of Remembrance is in Buttes New Cemetery.  ...read more

Found in Kansas City, Kansas

Sitting today in Shawnee Park at 77th St. and Shawnee Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas is an interesting artillery piece with a WW1 background. This howitzer has a curved shield, which means that it was made in France, used by American gunners in 1918, shipped to the U.S. in 1919 and later significantly modified. According to the plaque mounted on the front, it was declared scrap by the Army in 1942 and donated to the city by the Wyandotte County Salvage Committee. ...read more

Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites in Kansas

Throughout the world there are numerous examples of individual burials that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has accepted responsibility for but relocation of the remains to a CWGC location is impractical. In the U.S. there are 356 such graves.

Nick Metcalfe MBE is a former British Army officer who is compiling data on all of the individual graves in the U.S. which are maintained by the CWGC. There are two of these here in Kansas. ...read more

Native Americans in the Great War – ND tribes honored for service

The United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota is honoring the men of their member tribes who volunteered for the US armed forces in WW1, especially the Lakota code talkers of Co. D, 1st Bn., 139th Infantry who served with distinction at the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge in 1918. Remember, this was only 28 years after Wounded Knee. Click here to read more. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – The Menin Gate

The Menin Gate is located in the city of Ypres (Flemish: Ieper), West Flanders, Belgium. Although the city is in the predominantly Flemish part of Belgium, due to the British the French spelling and pronunciation are still prevalent today. During WW1 the city was the center of the Ypres Salient, that little corner of Belgium not occupied by Germany which was tenaciously defended, mostly by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). Ypres became a special place to the British and today the city is clearly the most British place on the Continent. In future articles I’ll highlight some of the other important sites, monuments and markers in the area (I’ve already covered the Essex Farm Aid Station). ...read more

Inscriptions for the DC Memorial

From The US World War 1 Centennial Commission:

“Apt quotations are often powerful elements of memorials, and we plan to include similar inscriptions at the WWI memorial.  Hence, this request to you:  Could you please identify what you consider to be worthy quotations for inclusion on the memorial.  There are no restrictions on what might be a suitable quotation (other than probably being limited to a paragraph in length)–we are looking for: ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Chunuk Bair (Çanak Bayır)

The Chunuk Bair (Çanak Bayır) Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery and Memorial is located between Eceabat and Bigali on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The memorial lists 849 missing soldiers from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), and the cemetery has 632 burials, of which only ten are identified. All of the CWGC memorials and cemeteries at Gallipoli were designed by Sir John Burnet (1857-1938). Read more about Burnet’s memorials  here. ...read more

More News About the Pershing Park Project

This article about the proposed national WW1 memorial recently appeared in the July 25th issue of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ publication The Dirt.

The article raises two important points:

First, is it the goal of the project to build a national WW1 memorial in DC or is it to renovate a poorly maintained, under-used urban park that has been designated a national landmark? ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Arras

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing at Arras in France is adjacent to the CWGC Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery in the western part of the city, near the Citadel d’Arras.

Some of the 34,791 names on the Memorial to the Missing

From 1914 until 1917 Arras was a few miles behind the Front, within range of some German heavy artillery, and the site of several French and British casualty clearing hospitals. ...read more

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