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World War I Valor Medals Review

National Archives at Kansas City

2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


On Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will co-present a panel discussion titled World War I Valor Medals Review. This program will take place at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO. 

Since 1941, Congress and the Department of Defense have reviewed the military’s process for awarding valor medals to ensure minority veterans were recognized equitably. No review has yet occurred for World War I veterans. Join members of the Valor Medals Review Task Force for a discussion on their work to recognize and honor the WWI veterans who were denied the Medal of Honor due to race.

In April 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate introduced separate bills to require the systematic review of minority veterans who served in World War I. The Valor Medals Review is being conducted by Park University’s George S. Robb Center for the Study of the Great War and the Valor Medals Review Task Force, which was formed in 2018 in conjunction with the Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars on behalf of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. This program is presented in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial and Park University. Reservations are requested for this free program. 

Bridget Locke, Director of Strategic Communications, Park University
Dr. Timothy Westcott, Associate Professor of History and Director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War, Park University



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