WASHINGTON D.C. – Chenega Federal Systems is honored to support the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of World Wars in its efforts to commemorate the centennial of World War I.
A hundred years ago four million American families sent their sons and daughters off to a war that would make America America. 116,516 of them did not come home, and over 374,000 of them were forever scarred. In one month of fighting, more Americans were killed in World War I than in 14 years of War in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was created by Congress in 2013 to educate and commemorate American sacrifice during the war. In addition, the Commission has also been tasked by Congress to create a National World War I Memorial in Washington D.C.
December 20th, 2014 the World War One Centennial Commission announced that the United States government has officially approved the redevelopment of Pershing Park in Washington D.C., designating it as the National World War I Memorial. The expansion of the Pershing memorial to a national-memorial will complete the quartet of national memorials in Washington to the four great wars of “the American Century” – World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. This new World War I Memorial will be designed to honor the 4.7 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces during the war, and the millions more who served at home in civilian capacities.
About World War I:
World War I was fought between July 28th, 1914 and November 11, 1918. Sixteen million combatants and civilians lost their lives. The United States entered the war in April 6, 1917. While the first American fatalities in the was occurred November 3, 1917, the most intense period of American fighting along the Western Front occurred from late May to November 11, 1918.
About the World War I Centennial Commission:
The Commission was created by the U.S. Congress in January 2013 by Public Law 112-272. Its twelve members are appointed by the President, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars, and the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. The Commission’s mission is to educate the people of the United States about the history of World War I, the United States’ involvement in that war, and the war’s effects on the remainder of the 20th century, and to commemorate and honor the participation of the United States and its citizens in the war. For more information, visit their website at www.worldwar-1centennial.org