The United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars has been tasked with commemorating the historical role of the United States during World War One. Considered “The Great War” at the time, it has become “the forgotten war” for many. There is no national memorial to World War One in our nation’s capital. More Americans gave their lives in World War One than in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined.
December 19, 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation designating Pershing Park in the District of Columbia as a national World War One Memorial. The Act authorizes the World War One Centennial Commission to further honor the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War One by developing the Pershing Park Site. From 2017 through 2019, the World War One Centennial Commission will coordinate events and activities commemorating the U.S. Centennial of The Great War. It is the Commission’s goal to build the memorial. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all merchandise will be designated for this endeavor.