The National Archives Marks WWI Centennial with Special Program April 13
Press Release · Thursday, April 6, 2017

Washington, DC

Panel discussion: 100 Years: World War I and The Weight of Sacrifice

Washington, DC. . . On Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a panel discussion titled: “100 Years: World War I and The Weight of Sacrifice.” This event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater, and is free and open to the public.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.  Reservations are recommended and can be made online.  The event will stream live on YouTube.  

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American entry into World War I.  In partnership with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, we present a program honoring Americans who served in the war. The Commission is building a National WWI memorial at Pershing Park in Washington D.C.--scheduled to be dedicated in November 2018, the centennial of the Armistice. The winning design for the landmark is titled ‘The Weight of Sacrifice.’ Featuring on-screen visuals, a distinguished panel will discuss the new memorial and, its concept and design. Moderated by Vice Chair of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Edwin Fountain, panelists include Lead Designer Joseph Weishaar, Landscape Architect Phoebe McCormick Lickwar, and Sculptor Sabin Howard. 

The National Archives is commemorating the World War I Centennial with a new mobile app, special programs, featured document displays, traveling exhibits, and a special new webpage highlighting all related resources on National Archives News.  

Related Document Display-Making the World Safe for Democracy: U.S. Enters WWI
East Rotunda Gallery, National Archives Museum, through May 3, 2017

To commemorate this centennial, the National Archives presents a special display of the Joint Resolution declaring war against the Imperial German Government, April 6, 1917. President Woodrow Wilson signed this declaration of war on April 6, 1917, ending America’s neutral stance on the World War conflict and formally declaring war against Germany. The National Archives Museum’s “Featured Document” exhibit is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.


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