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The United States World War I Centennial Commission

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The US World War I Centennial Commission was created by an Act of Congress in 2013. Members of the 12-member Commission were appointed by the President and the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National World War I Museum. All four living Presidents have agreed to serve the commission as honorary chairmen.

The Commission was charged with planning, developing, and executing programs, projects and activities that commemorate the Centennial of World War I (WWI). This includes:

  • Developing educational programs targeted at a variety of audiences and delivered through a variety of broadcast, print and digital media, with the goal of teaching Americans about the country's most forgotten war.
  • Organizing activities, events, and symposia to commemorate American involvement in "the Great War."
  • Establishing a National World War I Memorial in Washington DC, and bringing attention to the thousands of World War I memorials in communities across the country that honor Americans who served in the war.
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and activities related to the Centennial Commemoration.

World War I remains America's forgotten war, even though more Americans gave their lives during that war than during the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined, and even though it profoundly shaped the rest of "the American Century." The Commission is using the Centennial as a timely and essential opportunity to educate the country's citizens about the causes, courses and consequences of the war; to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served; and to commemorate through public programs and initiatives the centennial of this global event.

For more information about the US World War I Centennial Commission, their efforts to commemorate World War I, or to get involved visit

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