Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: August 2017 (Page 3 of 3)

Memorials to the Missing – Chunuk Bair (Çanak Bayır)

The Chunuk Bair (Çanak Bayır) Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery and Memorial is located between Eceabat and Bigali on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The memorial lists 849 missing soldiers from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), and the cemetery has 632 burials, of which only ten are identified. All of the CWGC memorials and cemeteries at Gallipoli were designed by Sir John Burnet (1857-1938). Read more about Burnet’s memorials  here. ...read more

More News About the Pershing Park Project

This article about the proposed national WW1 memorial recently appeared in the July 25th issue of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ publication The Dirt.

The article raises two important points:

First, is it the goal of the project to build a national WW1 memorial in DC or is it to renovate a poorly maintained, under-used urban park that has been designated a national landmark? ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #20

100 years ago in Kansas, August 9-11, 1917:

August 9, 1917

  • A remount station for 10,000 horses and a bakery to provide bread for 50,000 men were planned at Fort Riley.

August 10, 1917

  • The War Department announced that the regular army was at full war strength and that Kansas had filled its quota.
  • Congress passed the food and fuel control act.  Farmers were urged to plant more wheat and were called slackers if they refused.  The government did not advise as to soil requirements.  An increase of 1,000,000 acres was Kansas’ quota.  Wheat was selling at $2.10 a bushel.
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