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World War One Centennial Commission Events

November 8, 2018

The World War One Centennial Commission invites the public to visit the site of the National World War Memorial, Washington, DC between November 8 and 12 for a “First Look at the National World War l Memorial.”

The Memorial site will be open to the public beginning with a presentation of colors at 9 a.m. and concluding with “Taps” at sunset daily, November 8-12. Visitors will see the memorial design, learn where the memorial will be constructed, and learn how to be part of the project. The “First Look” program will also include a series of special events as noted below.


November 8, 2018

11:00 a.m. –The Nation Served: Wreath Laying Tribute to the States and Territories

This ceremony launches a series of commemorative events giving a first look at the National World War l Memorial, Washington, DC and marking the Centennial of the Armistice that ended World War I. Representatives from each state and territory will place a wreath in the park to honor and remember all who served.

Program highlights:

  • Wreaths placed by representatives of all States and Territories
  • Concert by Pershing’s Own Brass Quintet

2:00 p.m. –Women in Wartime: Tribute to the Women of WWI

This event honors the women who supported the war efforts. The women of World War I demonstrated their ability to take on traditionally male roles and paved the way for future service of women in the U.S. military.

Program highlights:

  • Screening of “The Soldier’s Journey” film about WWI National Memorial
  • Wreath laying ceremony at the General Pershing Statue by noted veteran and active duty women of various services including Admiral Michelle Howard, USN (ret) and Brig. General Wilma Vaught, USAF (ret)

4:00 p.m. – The Heroic Legacy: African Americans and Latinos of WWI

The war directly impacted all minorities, male and female, soldier and civilian. This event honors the sacrifice and service of minorities during WWI.

Program highlights:

  • Presentation by Medal of Valor Program
  • Reenactment and theatrical performance by The Ebony Doughboys
  • Remarks by Gerald York (Grandson of Sgt. Alvin York, one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I.)
  • Performance by the 369th Experience Band, a recreation of the 369th Regimental band, 65 African American and Puerto Rican men who brought jazz to Europe