Learn about, remember WWI
What is the significance of the date July 28, 1914? Which war did 116,708 American soldiers die in? Which war is currently recognizing its 100th anniversary? Sadly, many Americans do not know that the answer to these questions is World War I. July 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI — many Americans are not aware of this fact.
At the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, we strive to honor, educate and commemorate this war. We are doing this by building a national World War I monument in Washington, D.C., and reaching out to Americans to spread knowledge about the first world war. This is why I propose that during this Independence Day, we take the time to reflect on the history of WWI, rather than simply equating the day to barbecues or fireworks.
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so Americans have some time to learn basic information, visit a WWI memorial, learn about the new national memorial or pay respects to those who fought. On Independence Day, take a break from the festivities to discuss with family and friends facts and thoughts about the importance of this war. You can even research your family tree to see if any of your relatives fought in WWI. It is the little things that can start a larger conversation.
If you don’t know where to start, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is a great place. The commission has online resources filled with factual information about the war and the new memorial site. Sarah Pfeiff, Huntingtown