The United States World War I Centennial Commission, established by the World War I Centennial Commission Act of 2013, welcomes you to the official website for the national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry in World War I.”
The national commemorative ceremony will be held on April 6, 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.
“In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry in World War I” will present the reading of passages from significant and representative American writings of a century ago about the U.S. decision to enter the war, including selections from speeches, journalism, literature, and poetry, as well as performance of important music of the time. Invited American readers include the President of the United States, Congressional leadership, and descendants of U.S. World War I veterans. Heads of State from certain nations are invited to read passages reflecting the reaction of their respective nations to the U.S. entry into the war in 1917.
The ceremony will also include flyovers by U.S. aircraft and Patrouille de France, as well as a military band, color guard, ceremonial units, and video productions. Students across the nation will be able to participate in this historic event, learning how WWI changed the United States and the world.
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