100 years later, the U.S. commemorates World War I


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April 6, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. People around the nation and the world recognized this significant event. The Great War is credited with ever-changing our country’s position in international affairs and making America the global super power that it is.

Patrouille de France Centennial Commemoration Flight

Patrouille de France Centennial Commemoration Flight

In Kansas City, hundreds gathered at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the Centennial Commemoration. This museum holds a diverse collection of World War I objects and documents and was designated by Congress as America’s national memorial.

The event included a flyover by French aircraft, songs and poems recounting the nation’s emotions, and a narration telling the story of how our hesitant nation entered the war that was intended to end all wars.

What that stood out the most to me  was when dignitaries from other countries involved in World War I took the stage and recited their respective nation’s reactions to the news that the U.S. had entered the war. It was interesting to hear the different perspectives from allies and opposition regarding our decision to send troops to Europe. The commemoration concluded with a flyover by U.S. aircraft from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Deputy Under Secretary NCA presents wreath with Vietnam Veteran Jim Westmoreland

VA’ s National Cemetery Administration Deputy Under Secretary presents wreath with Vietnam Veteran Jim Westmoreland

Throughout the U.S., wreaths were presented at VA national cemeteries and at local and state ceremonies to honor and recognize the WWI Veterans and their sacrifice.

We’re honored to recoginze and pay our respects to the 116,516 men and women who gave their lives, and the 320,518 doughboys and service members who suffered casualties in service to our nation during the war that changed the world.

Author

Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.

Comments

  1. Robert A. Reeves    

    I would like to get a Veterans I.D. I was told that my oncome is to high to receive assistance. Do you have a Veterans I.D. Card for identification only. My state drivers license shows that I am a veterans but lots of places only recognize U.S. Veterans I.D. Card.
    I served in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 1961 to discharge in Oct 1967.

    Thank you.

  2. Michael Smith    

    This made me proud to call Kansas City my hometown. I could see this Memorial from my bedroom window (when the trees were bare) and my mother worked at Union Station, just north of the Memorial. Later she worked in the small building just to the southeast of the “mall” leading to the Memorial. I learned to drive a car by going around that “mall” many times, and the roads through the adjoining park. I see some major changes since I was there…may be time for another visit.

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