On Thursday, November 9 at 11am ET the US World War I Centennial Commission will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for America’s World War I Memorial to engage the American people in remembering our veterans from WWI. Watch a live-stream of the groundbreaking through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ww1centennial

The ceremony will have distinguished leaders, well-known guest speakers, and music from the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet. The groundbreaking shovels will turn soil from the memorial site and from the Meuse-Argonne.

The image above is an artist’s view of the memorial when built. To see  all of the latest renderings please visit www.ww1cc.org/memorial. #CountdownToVeteransDay

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.