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We Remember and We Thank Our Veterans

On Veterans Day we remember and honor all our service members and their families who have given us the chance to be free and safe. I am proud that in all the controversies that America seems to be facing today, the military is applauded and appreciated by so many.

The last two Buglers gave a very brief overview of World War I: a war which saw more than 4 million American families send at least one family member to Europe to serve and over 116,000 Americans were killed. This was a much more costly battle in human life than World War II. Many of the conflicts of a hundred years ago are still here. The more we know about the war, maybe it will help us from making the same mistakes twice.

The World War I Centennial Commission

In 2013 Congress passed a bill creating the United States World War I Centennial Commission, whose mission is to honor and recognize the centennial of America's involvement with World War I. The committee is in charge of educational programs, events and finally the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC, which will be dedicated in Pershing Park on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, 2018. The Pritzker Military Museum and Library is the founding sponsor of the Commission.

The commission has an outstanding website that has links to education resources, stories about soldiers and their families - and a way to see if you have a relative who participated. They also have a map where you can do a history lesson across America learning about different memorials, roll calls and VFWs named for famous WWI veterans.

One of the statues that I randomly picked was the Bullhead Veteran's Memorial Park which is near the intersection of Bullhead Road and Sitting Bull Avenue in Bullhead, South Dakota. By seeing this monument, you learn that "This monument is one of just two Viquesney Doughboys which specifically recognize the service of Native Americans in World War I."

Veterans Service Officer, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in Bullhead Veteran's Memorial Park. Photo by Claudette Luger.

Another interesting one you can read about on the site is in Beaverton, Michigan. It is an unusual monument, a relief in concrete that includes a soldier guarding both a dead and a wounded doughboy. The monument, like many others, needs funds for restoration. See the World War 1 Memorial Inventory Project on Facebook.

If you are searching for a relative from World War I, the commission website has lists of names by states, along with numerous ways to do genealogy searches for your doughboy. AND IF YOU ARE A TEACHER —there are countless articles and testimonies about the war. There are also suggestions on how students and their schools can get involved to help fund the memorial.

BY THE WAY, WHAT ARE VIQUESNEY DOUGHBOYS? Believe it or not, you have probably seen one, or at least a replica. According to Wikipedia, "The Spirit of the American Doughboy is a pressed copper sculpture by E. M. Viquesney, designed to honor the veterans and casualties of World War I. Mass-produced during the 1920s and 1930s for communities throughout the United States, the statue's design was the most popular of its kind, spawning a wave of collectible miniatures and related memorabilia as well as numerous copies by other artists. Its title is often shortened to 'The Doughboy', and in some locales it is nicknamed Iron Mike."

The Viquesney Doughboys are a story unto themselves so learn more in the next Bugler.

Share Your Veterans Day Event!

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  • The name of your group
  • Where you are from
  • Details about the event in the photo

Salute Our Veterans!

November 11th honors all Americans who have served in the U.S. military, during both wartime and peacetime. Be sure to fly the US flag all day in honor of our service men and women! Glendale Parade Store will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

And Many More Semper Fi!

A Glendale birthday salute to the U.S. Marine Corps which turns 242 years young on November 10th.

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