(ROCKWALL, TX – August 27, 2018) One hundred years ago in August through November of 1918, thousands of Texans dedicated themselves to serving our country during World War I. Around 200,000 Texans served in uniform during the Great War. Over 5,000 of them made the ultimate sacrifice, laying down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
Nonprofit The Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration (TXWWICC) is on a mission to recognize those Texans who served with valor during the war. The organization has outlined three ways you can participate in the WWI Centennial Commemoration between now and November:
1. Attend Recognition Events
Communities across the state are already planning tons of events commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WWI. For Rockwall County residents, the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 and Rockwall County Historical Commission will host a recognition event on Nov. 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Veterans Wall of the Rockwall Courthouse (1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln.). The ceremony will see the dedication and installation of a bronze plaque with names of 21 Rockwall County veterans who died during their service. Weather permitting, a bi-plane flyover will also take place.
Thinking of organizing your own special WWI Centennial recognition event? Check out these simple ideas to plan a meaningful commemoration activity in your area.
2. Register for 100 Years / 100 Schools
The Texas WWI Centennial is looking to partner with 100 schools for the 100th anniversary of WWI with its 100 Schools / 100 Years Veterans Day program. This program is designed to support school Veterans Day 2018 recognition events during the first two weeks of November. All public schools, private schools, and home school collaborative programs are encouraged to register for the initiative. Click here to register for the event with the Texas Historical Commission by Oct. 1, 2018.
Registered schools that share information on their event by Nov. 30 will receive an additional WWI Centennial Packet containing a variety of Centennial items.
3. Ring the Bells of Peace
Lastly, ask your local area churches to toll their bells at 11 a.m. on or around Nov. 11, 2018. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells rang out across the United States. These Bells of Peace marked the end of the fighting and recognized those lost during the war.
About The Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration
The Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration (TXWWICC) is a non-profit organization on a mission to communicate, coordinate and commemorate. As part of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission effort, the TXWWICC began the commemoration in April 2017 (U.S. entry in the war) and will continue through June 2019 (signing of the Treaty of Versailles). Events open to the public can be added to its calendar of events. Organizations are also encouraged to use the TXWWICC emblem on promotional materials for their event by contacting WWICC.TX@gmail.com.
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