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Memorial Program - 2014The Descendants and Friends are pleased to announce that our annual Memorial Program will be held Sunday May 25th at 2:00 PM. This will be the 96th Annual 314th Memorial Day Service. The service will be held in the nave of the Washington Memorial Chapel as in past years. The Chapel is located along Route 23 about two miles west of the Valley Forge exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Admittance is free and refreshments will be served after the service.
We are pleased to have art historian Mark Levitch as our speaker this Memorial Day. Mark is a researcher and writer at the National Gallery of Art and the founder and president of the non-profit World War I Memorial Inventory Project, which aims to document all of the World War I Memorials in the United States. He is the author of Panthé de la Guerre: Reconfiguring a Panorama of the Great War (2006) as well as several articles about World War I art and visual culture.
He earned his BA at Yale, where he majored in political science, and his MA and PhD in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a State Department intelligence analyst for European affairs for nearly ten years before starting his study of art history.
World War I Memorial Inventory ProjectIn the aftermath of World War I, Americans erected thousands of memorials throughout the country to commemorate US participation. Many were the work of the leading sculptors, artists, and architects of the day; others, such as simple honor rolls, were more modest but no less heartfelt. Sadly, as we approach the war.s centennial, these memorials and their original purpose . to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who died . have largely been forgotten. Many of the memorials have fallen into disrepair through neglect, theft, or vandalism.
The World War I Memorial Inventory Project is a volunteer-based effort to assemble a comprehensive, online record of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States. Its mission is to promote the documentation, preservation, appreciation, and interpretation of these memorials, and in so doing, to raise the profile of World War I in American public consciousness.
The World War I Memorial Inventory Project has been formally endorsed by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. The World War I Memorial Inventory Project can be found at: www.wwi-inventory.org