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WWI CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION AT THE STATE CAPITOL
April 6, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
|WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD APRIL 6|
|The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is joining the Texas Military Forces Museum, the Texas Military Department, and the World War I Centennial Commemoration Association at the Texas State Capitol Thursday, April 6, for a ceremonial event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the formal U.S. entry into World War I. Along with living historians, the event will feature artifacts from World War I including gas masks, trench periscopes, military rations, field manuals, Model 1903 Springfield bolt action rifles, Model 1917 Enfield bolt action rifles, a 1915 French Chaut Chaut automatic rifle, a 1914 British Lewis Gun, a model 1911 automatic pistol, and various other items.
The THC will also launch a new mobile app tour on Thursday. “World War I: Texas and the Great War” details the dramatic transformation in landscape, industry, society, and populations that resulted from World War I and features a compelling blend of images, videos, maps, and information for discovering Texas’ important role in the Great War.
|BACKGROUND: April 6, 2017 marks the official start of the United States’ WWI Centennial period, which will run through June 2019. The THC was appointed by the Office of the Governor to spearhead the state’s World War I Centennial commemorative activities.|