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Preparing for a National World War I Memorial, 100 Years Later - Newsmaker Aug. 12

August 5, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

In a city densely populated with memorials, there is one conspicuous absence -– a national memorial commemorating America’s involvement in what was known as “the Great War” –- World War I, which started 100 years ago, in the summer of 1914.

At a Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room, Edwin L. Fountain of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission will discuss legislation that’s been introduced to authorize redevelopment of Pershing Park — just steps from the National Press Club, off 14th Street at E Street —- as a national World War I memorial.

The Congressionally chartered Commission is tasked with educating the American people about the causes and consequences of the war and to commemorate the sacrifices of the American servicemen and women who served in that war. Pershing Park currently contains a small memorial to Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

The legislation, which has passed the House of Representatives as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and is awaiting action by the Senate, would permit the Commission to pursue redevelopment of the park.

Like all NPC Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members. It is free of charge and no advance registration is required.

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