Last year on behalf of the World War One Centennial Commission, we asked our readers to suggest inscriptions for the new National Memorial at Pershing Square. The response was tremendous and greatly appreciated by the Commission. Once again we have been asked to help with the planning of part of the commemorations of the war. This time it's the 1918–2018 Armistice Day Remembrance which will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. We are being asked to recommend musical selections, both hymns and period song, and suitable readings.
|The National Cathedral|
Here is some background information on the event the Commission has provided:
National Cathedral Interfaith Service
An Interfaith Service will take place the morning of Sunday 11 November 1918, at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The ceremony itself will be an interfaith service with a special emphasis on WWI and will include original and period musical performances, hymns, and readings.
The National Cathedral will webcast this event. The Commission will, additionally, distribute a template for a WWI service that other organizations and institutions can distribute and/or use for a local WWI-themed 11 November service.
The ceremony will climax at 11am ET when the National Cathedral will toll its bells in honor of the commencement of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the Great War. This bell-tolling will kick-off of the National Bell-Tolling.
Examples (These are from your editor, not the Commission):
This year we have special and moving cause to be grateful and to rejoice. God has in His good pleasure given us peace. It has not come as a mere cessation of arms, a mere relief from the strain and tragedy of war. It has come as a great triumph of right. Complete victory has brought us, not peace alone, but the confident promise of a new day as well in which justice shall replace force and jealous intrigue among the nations.
— President Woodrow Wilson, Thanksgiving Day Message, 1918
1. Period Music: There's a Long Long Trail A-Winding
2. Hymn: Battle Hymn of the Republic
|2017 Veterans Day Concert at the National Cathedral|
How To Submit Your Suggestions:
There are three ways to submit your recommendations. These can be done anonymously or with your name and address or home town included. Submissions are needed by 1 October 2017.
1. Through Roads to the Great War, just publish in the comments section to this page.
2. Send it to me via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(For methods 1 and 2 I'll aggregate them with your name and send them to Commissioner Edwin Fountain.)
3. Send directly to Commissioner Edwin Fountain: email@example.com
This is a chance for you to make a lasting contribution to the effort to honor the service and sacrifices of all those American who served in the war.
Please use you social media and connections to other organization to pass the message on. Submissions are needed by 15 May 2018.
Thanks for your support,
Mike Hanlon, Editor/Publisher