Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission
In addition to hundreds of programs that are being conducted by museums and local partners across the state, the Virginia World War I and World War II Commission is planning a number of events to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. The Commission was created by the General Assembly and is guided by its purpose to:
Honor our veterans, whose sacrifices can never be forgotten. When we remember yesterday's veterans we communicate to today's service members that they won't be forgotten.
Inspire a desire to learn more, by providing opportunities for people to explore personal connections and highlight multiple aspects of Virginia's role in World War I and World War II
Connect through travel and tourism, by making it easy for visitors to connect to museums, memorials, and sites in Virginia related to World War I and World War II.
Programs currently underway include a grants program, a mobile museum, document and artifact scanning, tributes to WWI and WWII veterans, and partnerships in development across the state.
In partnership with the Library of Virginia, the Profiles of Honor Document Scanning Project identifies and locates original source materials in Virginia that are related to WWI and WWII. Materials scanned include service photographs, letters, memoirs, discharge papers, diaries, and other selected memorabilia and manuscripts. These visitor-donated scans help to paint a detailed picture of how everyday Virginians, both soldiers and civilians, were transformed by the two largest wars the world has ever seen. View highlights from the collection and our 2019 scanning schedule: MORE INFORMATION
In partnership with the Virtual Curation Laboratory of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Commission presents a new branch of the Profiles of Honor program: 3-D digital museum scanning. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is scanning personal artifacts and family heirlooms from WWI and WWII for display in its online virtual museum. This cutting-edge technology enables museums and individuals alike to showcase some of their most meaningful pieces to millions of visitors online, while the originals remain in the possession of the donor. 3-D printed models of these scans can be used educationally in classrooms across the world. MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about the WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile exhibition that brought an interactive traveling exhibition to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia. Modeled on the highly successful Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile tour, the Profiles of Honor exhibit brought to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting the stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. The mobile tour traveled to over 117 stops across the commonwealth in three years. Click the following link for MORE INFORMATION, and to take our POH Mobile Unit's Virtual Tour online!
The Commission worked with the Virginia Department of Education, museums, colleges, and historians across the state to plan a World War I and World War II statewide teacher symposium in the summers of 2017 thru 2019, exploring the history of both wars and the ever-expanding resources available to teachers in the classroom. The symposium went on the road to each of the eight school regions in the state, and those fantastic resources are now available online! MORE INFORMATION
Virginia WWI and WWII Tourism Marketing Grant Program
In partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Commission supported museums, historic sites, and organizations that were commemorating the WWI and WWII by offering matching grants of up to $10,000 for the marketing of these initiatives. Grant applications were accepted on a periodic basis. The final round of $10,000 matching grants closed on February 19, 2019.