Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Preliminary Report: U.S. Centennial Commemoration Commission Event, 14 June 2014, Washington DC

On 14 June an event was held in Washington, DC, at the Jones Day law firm that brought together the U.S. Centennial Commemoration Commission,  national organizations, and grassroots organizations and individuals, all of whom are working on the remembrance of the war.  I was invited to make a presentation to the assemblage and chose to take the opportunity to offer all the outlets of both  to bring attention to their efforts and help them raise funds.  If there was one overriding concern shared by everyone, it was that everyone needed funding to do things properly.  In future postings here on Roads to the Great War and in the monthly St. Mihiel Trip-Wire, we will be focusing on individual projects, so our readers can judge their merits and choose to contribute if you wish.

In this article I'm presenting a selection of images from the conference that was billed as a "Trade Fair", but proved to be much more.  I had a great time meeting so many fellow enthusiasts, and I think you will agree that this breadth of the programs and projects that were represented was very impressive.

Mike Hanlon, Editor/Publisher

From the Top:  the Audience, Slides for a New Documentary and the Library of Congress's Forthcoming Book on the Great War, and a Selection of Displays and Kiosks

From the Top:  Commissioner Edwin Fountain Discussing the Pending Proposal for a National WWI Memorial in Washington, Kiosks for the Saving Hallowed Ground and Projects, Your Editor at the Podium, Mark Levitch of the National Gallery of Art Speaking on the WWI Memorial Inventory Project.


  1. Thanks Mike for the coverage and the pictures. Great gathering, Glad to hear of the strong exposure for our websites and electronic and paper publications!