Under an overcast sky earlier today, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the US Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars and their key partners broke ground for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC. The event was streamed and many of you may have watched it live.
An audience of several hundred person, including me, heard brief messages from several dignitaries, including the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Mayor of DC Muriel Bowser, the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs David Shulkin, and four US Representatives, including Emmanuel Cleaver II (MO 5th) and Kevin Yoder (KS 3rd).
Also in attendance were former U.S. Senator John Warner and numerous high-ranking officers of the U.S. military, as well as officers representing Belgium, Canada, France and the UK.
These important developments were announced:
- The National Park Service will have responsibility for the site once completed;
- The American Legion and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars will EACH contribute $300,000 towards the cost of the memorial.