Statewide WWI Events - Full List

January 13, 2017

Exhibit Grand Opening

On Friday, January 13th, the Lynchburg Museum opened three new exhibits for 2017. The exhibit entitled- "It Was My Privilege and My Duty: Lynchburg in World War I", explores what Lynchburg was like 100 years ago when America entered WWI and the military roles of the 2,800 Lynchburg men and women who served.  The impact of the war at home is also covered along with the flu epidemic of 1918, which claimed more Lynchburg residents than the war. Artifacts include uniforms, patriotic posters, weapons, medals, nurse and Red Cross memorabilia, and much more. Visitors can also learn how the city acquired the nickname of “Lunchburg” during those years.

The Museum is located at 901 Court Street in Lynchburg. A complete list of programs associated with the exhibits is available at www.lynchburgmuseum.org. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the Museum is always free. For more information, call (434) 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org, www.pointofhonor.org, the Museum’s Facebook page, or Twitter/LburgMuse. The WWI exhibit is open through the end of 2017.

January 19, 2017

5:30pm

Location: Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation in Lexington.

Noted World War I scholar Dr. Edward Lengel discussed “Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys in Combat, 1917-1918" at the Marshall Foundation in Lexington. Dr. Lengel, formerly of the faculty at the Univ. of Virginia, is chief historian at the White House Historical Association and the author of Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat and To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918.

This presentation was part of the Marshall Legacy Series sequence focusing on the course, conduct and consequences of the two largest conflicts in human history, World War I and World War II.

Dr. Lengel’s lecture covered the first American military engagements of WWI, describing how unpreparedness and bravery—as witnessed first hand by George C. Marshall and others—defined the introduction of millions of Doughboys to the challenges of modern mechanized warfare. He also addressed how the Franco-American alliance was put to perhaps its greatest test, before or since—a test in which Marshall was a direct and primary participant.

The museum's new exhibit “Six Degrees of Marshall,” opened in the Lower Gallery at the event. The exhibition uses an infographic to connect Marshall to people and programs important to both world wars.

February 27, 2017

7:30pm

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts commemorated World War I through music as it held two “Music on Mondays” performances honoring the history and sacrifice of the gallant men and women who gave their lives.

On Feb. 27, “On the Eve of the Great War” showcased the talents of visiting artist Wesley Baldwin on cello and Virginia Tech faculty member Tracy Cowden on piano. On April 17, “The Land of Lost Content: The Great War in Song” featured two faculty members, tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Richard Masters.

The recitals complemented VPI in World War One, a collaborative project of the Virginia Tech Department of History and University Libraries. The project, which includes electronic exhibits, photographs, biographical information, and archives of the “Virginia Tech Bugle” from 1910 through 1919, honors the memories and legacies of Virginia Tech graduates who fought in the Great War. The VPI in World War One project can also be found on Twitter at @VPI_WWI.

March 09, 2017

5:30pm – 7:00pm

A two-part class taught by Alexander Barnes and Maj. Gen. Tim Williams examined America’s involvement in World War I.

In less than eighteen months, the U.S. Army grew from some 100,000 men to a force of more than a million soldiers fighting in the Meuse-Argonne campaign, the largest battle in U.S. History. Training and leading this force into battle against the Imperial German Army were some of the greatest names in American military history, including such stalwarts as John J. Pershing, John A. Lejeune, George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, and Leonard Wood. But “To Hell with the Kaiser” is much more than just a class about leaders; it addresses the complexities involved in developing an Army almost from scratch and includes detailed coverage of the building of the many training camps nationwide, the implications of universal conscription, the use of African American soldiers, the integration of a vast immigrant population into the force, and the terrible effects of Spanish Flu on the soldiers and the home front. If you ever wondered what your grandfather or great grandfather did in the “Great War,” this class helps interpret the clues they left behind. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Part two in a two-part class taught by Alexander Barnes and Maj. Gen. Tim Williams examining America’s involvement in World War I.

In less than eighteen months, the U.S. Army grew from some 100,000 men to a force of more than a million soldiers fighting in the Meuse-Argonne campaign, the largest battle in U.S. History. Training and leading this force into battle against the Imperial German Army were some of the greatest names in American military history, including such stalwarts as John J. Pershing, John A. Lejeune, George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, and Leonard Wood. But “To Hell with the Kaiser” is much more than just a class about leaders; it addresses the complexities involved in developing an Army almost from scratch and includes detailed coverage of the building of the many training camps nationwide, the implications of universal conscription, the use of African American soldiers, the integration of a vast immigrant population into the force, and the terrible effects of Spanish Flu on the soldiers and the home front. If you ever wondered what your grandfather or great grandfather did in the “Great War,” this class helps interpret the clues they left behind. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

The U.S. World War One Museum and Memorial commemorated the 100th anniversary of the passage of Pres. Wilson's declaration of war against Germany and Austria-Hungary, on April 6 2017. The Commemoration was held on the Liberty Memorial Mall, and was live-streamed via the internet.

April 06, 2017

A special concert featuring the music of the time and a historical interpreter bringing it all to life.

April 06, 2017

Virginia WWI Memorial Commemorative Event and Lecture

10:00am

The Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour was on-site during Virginia's commemoration of the US Entry into the first world war at the Richmond WWI Memorial Carillon. Rising a lofty 240 feet in the heart of Richmond’s Byrd Park stands the Virginia War Memorial Carillon—the Commonwealth’s official monument to the men and women who died as a result of World War I. The majestic tower, dedicated in 1932, houses a massive musical instrument made up of fifty-three fixed bronze bells, still played during annual holiday concerts.

April 07, 2017

Ft Eustis: "Declaration of War!"

9:00am - 4:00pm

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of America's Entry into WWI. This event examined what the US Army looked like in 1917-1918 through living history, reenactment, and tours. The Virginia Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour was present at the event. Hosted at: The US Army Transportation Museum, 300 Washington Blvd, Ft. Eustis, VA

April 07, 2017

Over There: The Great War in Loudoun’s Memory

6:00pm - 8:30pm

This exhibition explored Loudoun’s role in the war to end all wars. The following archives, libraries, museums, and organizations participated in this event: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 293; Balch Library; Fairfax’s Clerk of Circuit Court Archives; George C. Marshall House; Loudoun’s Clerk of Circuit Court Historic Records; Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Sponsored by Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gary M. Clemens & Loudoun County World War I Commemorative Committee. Hosted at: Court Complex 18 E. Market St. Leesburg, VA

April 08, 2017

8:00am - 5:00pm

The MacArthur Memorial and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum hosted a one-day symposium focusing on the year 1917 and specifically the 100th Anniversary of the Norfolk Naval Base as well as the embarkation, arrival, and early actions of US troops in France. A series of lectures on these topics was followed by the opening of a new 5000 square foot WWI Exhibit at the MacArthur Memorial.​

Location : The MacArthur Memorial Museum, 198 Bank St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

http://www.macarthurmemorial.org/

April 08, 2017

11:00am - 3:00pm

Shenandoah County Heritage Day is an annual event that highlights the area's unique history. The 2017 event commemorated the 100th anniversary of WWI, focusing on the role that Shenandoah county and its residents, played in that conflict. Heritage Day includes special exhibits from local museums, historic themed talks, vintage music, displays from various organizations, and reenactors. It was held in the Historic Shenandoah County Courthouse and surrounding Court Square in downtown Woodstock Virginia. For more information go to http://countylib.org/local-history/1119-wwi-wwii.html 

April 17, 2017

7:30pm

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts commemorated World War I through music as it honored, through two “Music on Mondays” performances, the history and sacrifice of the gallant men and women who gave their lives.

On Feb. 27, “On the Eve of the Great War” showcased the talents of visiting artist Wesley Baldwin on cello and Virginia Tech faculty member Tracy Cowden on piano. On April 17, “The Land of Lost Content: The Great War in Song” featured two faculty members, tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Richard Masters.

 

The recitals complemented VPI in World War One, a collaborative project of the Virginia Tech Department of History and University Libraries. The project — which includes electronic exhibits, photographs, biographical information, and archives of the “Virginia Tech Bugle” from 1910 through 1919 — celebrates the memories and legacies of Virginia Tech graduates who fought in the Great War. The VPI in World War One project can also be found on Twitter at @VPI_WWI.

April 27, 2017

7:30pm

Established in 1997, the Virginia International Tattoo is an annual celebration of patriotism and international goodwill. Every year, the Tattoo welcomes over 1,000 performers from all over the world in a display of military bands, drill teams, massed pipes and drums, Celtic dancers, choirs, and more. It is the largest tattoo in the United States, drawing an audience of over 40,000 people each year, and was named in 2016 as American Bus Association’s Top Event in the United States.

The theme of the 2017 Virginia International Tattoo is: Centennial: 1917-2017

100 years from America’s entry into WWI and the founding of the World’s Largest Military Base – Naval Station Norfolk.

With Naval Station Norfolk’s own Fleet Forces Band alongside performers from 6 Nations who fought side by side 100 years ago - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and The United States - the 2017 Virginia International Tattoo commemorated these milestones in a way that no one else can.

For more information, please visit www.vatattoo.org.

 

Location : Scope Arena, 201 East Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA

September 15, 2017

WWI Centennial Commemoration of the 80th Division at Camp Lee

10:00am - 4:00pm

Commemorating the organization and training of the 80th Division at Camp Lee for deployment to France during WWI, this event linked the past with the present organization to celebrate the camp's heritage. The 80th Division WWI living history unit conducted a training demonstration and interpretation of WWI trenches at Camp Lee. The 80th Training Command, 80th Division Association, and 80th Blue Ridge Association partnered to integrate veterans of the unit and members of the current organization and to enhance pride through the celebration of their heritage. 

September 26, 2017

7:00pm

Hosted by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library... MORE INFO

October 06, 2017

7:00pm

Hosted by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library... MORE INFO

October 06, 2017

9:00am - 5:00pm

November 10 and 11, 2017, hosted by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library... MORE INFO

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