Partners in Commemorating the Great War
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Next Planning Meeting Thursday, March 3rd.

The South Texas initial planning conference will be held Thursday, March 3 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum auditorium. Two identical sessions planned; 9am morning session / 1pm afternoon session. Open to all interested parties. RSVP to

Additional information and invitation will be emailed to our contact list the week of February 7.
Communicate - Coordinate - Commemorate
National Goals
Establish State Commemorative Bodies

World War I Memorial Inventory Project

Veterans History Project


The Texas World War I Centennial will include a wide spectrum of events. Some will be local, others regional, and a few will be “hallmark” State-level attention. As a “grass roots” and unfunded program, events at each of these level are an important part of commemorating World War I. Ultimately, whatever we accomplish will be based on your efforts and partnerships built around your initiative. 
January Planning Meeting Recap

1.  TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION (THC) UPDATE. The Governor officially formalized THC’s appointment at the State’s lead agency by letter on January 28. We are excited about the partnership with THC and look forward to collaborating on the Centennial project.

One of the first project the THC has plans for is a World War One Mobile Tour on the Texas WWI Home Front.  They plan to have this ready to launch for the Centennial.

2.  Randy Gilbert of Tyler gave a demonstration of his work on documenting monuments, bases, and airfields in Texas.  He used Google Earth for the project and has hundreds of data points logged.  His Goggle Earth files are available on our website under the resources section on our Goggle Drive.  Randy has made the files available to everyone, just give him create for his work if you use it.  To contact Randy click HERE.

3.  Veterans search projects were also discussed.  There are several efforts taking place across the state.  We are looking into ways to collect and display this information as it is developed.

Lila Rakoczy from Huntsville, gave a presentation on her work identifying African-American veterans in East Texas.  Lila will also be representing the Texas WWICC to East Texas organizations. You can email her HERE.

Long-term Goal:  Mark all graves with Centennial and US flags on 11/11/2018.

We discussed a number of other items and ideas about how to communicate what we are doing, proposed or current displays, and other projects underway around the state.

A full length video (1 hour 30 minutes) is available on YouTube'  CLICK HERE

Communication is a primary part of our mission. We are here to help draw attention to events, exhibits, and historical stories about Texas and Texans in The Great War. You can keep track of ongoing information about the Texas WWI centennial:

Texas WWI Centennial web site:  

Texas WWI Centennial Facebook page:

National WWICC web site:

Email us at if you have information on commemoration events, exhibits or Texas WWI history you would like to highlight on the web site or Facebook page.

February 2016

JROTC Celebrates Centennial
The JROTC program was originally established under the National Defense Act of 1916.  The year before, Major General Leonard Wood instituted the Citizen's Military Training Corps. By the end of 1917 over 17,000 young men had been trained, including Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Check your local ROTC units for centennial plans.

We are excited to continue adding to our outreach list (now over 170 organizations and entities). Some of our recent additions include The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, numerous contacts in the College Station / Texas A&M University community, and several County Historical Commissions around the State.   

Since 1990, the city of Georgetwon, Texas has held an annual poppy festival.  The seeds that started the poppy fields in the area came from Europe, sent by a Texas WW I soldier.  The 2016 event will be April 22-24.  Click on the logo for more details.
New Contacts and Outreach Information Available.
Our contacts and outreach organizations are over 170.  To make it convenient for you to keep up and reach out to others, we have added a spreadsheet to the website.

Under the ABOUT tab, you will find the RESOURCES area. You will need to log in to use this area.  Registering and logging in are simple.  On the bottom right corner of the home page you will find links to: Login, Log Out, and Register. Just click REGISTER and follow the instructions. 

One of the great resources is a list of over 100 people we are in contact with.  Look for it under the RESOURCE section.
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