National World War One Monument Groundbreaking Event, 11-8-2017

As you may know, the First World War is the only major 20th century American conflict that does not have an official monument in our nation’s capital.  Thankfully, that will soon change.

In November, just before Armistice Day, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony in Pershing Park, the site of the soon-to-be national World War One monument, and they sent out an invitation for reenactors to come dressed as doughboys for the event.  We caught wind of this announcement and made our first trip to D.C. since our field-trip in eighth-grade.

The event was magnificent!  There were many important people there.  Not only Americans, but also many from around the globe, including (but not limited to) a colonel of the French army; a handful of Canadian soldiers; Officers from New Zealand and Great Britain; many news organizations; the mayor of Washington, D.C.; the architect of the monument; Congressmen; Senators; the U.S. army Chief of Staff; and even the grand-daughter of General Pershing!  In addition, there was a group of about ten or so reenactors, including us.

Since this was a mainly media event, a lot of great pictures were taken.  Some of the best ones are shown below.  Our photographs were even featured on a Bulgarian news website!

Some of the re-enactors at the groundbreaking event.
A photograph of some of the reenactors at this event. We are in-between the Navy Yeomanette and the man on the far right.