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100 Years: World War I and The Weight of Sacrifice
  • Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American entry into World War I.  In partnership with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the National Archives presents a program honoring Americans who served in the war. The Commission is building a National WWI memorial at Pershing Park in Washington D.C.–scheduled to be dedicated in November 2018, the centennial of the Armistice. The winning design for the landmark is titled ‘The Weight of Sacrifice.”

Featuring on-screen visuals, a distinguished panel will discuss the new memorial and, its concept and design. Moderated by Vice Chair of the US WWICC Edwin Fountain, panelists include Lead Designer Joseph Weishaar, Landscape Architect Phoebe McCormick Lickwar, and Sculptor Sabin Howard.

Reserve a seat

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.