World War One Commemoration Task Force
July 11, 2017
- The chair opened the meeting by welcoming members with special emphasis on the newest member, Eugene Goodwin. Also, introduced Kyle Fisher, an intern with Historical Preservation who will be assisting the Task Force.
- The chair went over the list of WWI related events which was distributed previously to the membership.
- The chair thanked Historical Preservation for their continuing effort to post these events to the National WWI Centennial Commission website.
- The chair also acknowledged the participation of the U.S.S. Arlington (LPD24) in Brest, France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. troops to the war
- The chair highlighted the screening of the short film done by APS students on the WWI anniversary; Cynthia Liccese-Torres will check with the students to see if they would be willing to show the film at the TF next meeting on August 8; it will get it first public showing on August 16
- The chair reported that she is arranging for a genealogy lecture in November to focus on the use of available tools to research family backgrounds associated with WWI; she is also looking at how we might access records of Arlington veterans from WWI which are kept at the St. Louis records depository
- There was some discussion about the Veterans Day event at the Clarendon War Memorial; Dan Donahue reported that the American Legion, which hosts the event in partnership with other VSO’s will likely wait until November 2018 to commemorate the Armistice.
- Cathy Hix suggested that next summer’s series of Videos that are produced by APS students be focused on Memorials and artifacts in Arlington related to WWI
- The chair noted that there are two areas where there are little to no events, the arts and community service; there was discussion about poetry night and encouraging bands to play WWI themed music next year; Cathy Hix will discuss with the APS Arts Supervisor about possible options that students might take up next year; Courtney Cacatian from Arlington Economic Development reported that Cultural Affairs has not identified any plays with a WWI theme planned yet
- The chair is in discussions with the County Treasurer about potentially having next year’s auto decal art contest be focused on WWI theme
- All members were asked to use the Flyer prepared by vice-chair Sara Steinberger at any events that they may be involved in to promote awareness of the TF; the Flyer includes the QRC code that will take users directly to the TF webpage on the county web
- All members of the Task Force are asked to publicize and promote WWI events within their own networks
- The TF discussed participation at the county fair August 16-20; at the last meeting Diane Kresh offered to host the TF in the Libraries booth; the vice chair has created a sign-up sheet for coverage over the weekend; it is not expected that every hour be covered but members are asked to give 90 minutes to two hours sometime during the weekend and to recruit others from your network to assist; there will be a raffle of WWI themed books from the booth; the chair asked if someone would come up with a “suggestion box” that could be in the booth as a way of asking the public what else they would like to see to commemorate the anniversary
- Tom Dickinson reported on plans to join the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee in a booth at Retirees Day at Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall; good discussion with the base about planning and potential future activities related to WWI at the base. Tom also asked if TF members had events at which Ft Myer personnel could be incorporated, please let him know; there will be at least one Twilight Tattoo at the base next year with a WWI theme; there was also some discussion about coordinating activities with MVAC because their charter is long term relations with the military community.
- The chair gave an update on efforts to initiate a dialogue with community stakeholders regarding the Clarendon War Memorial plaque; that meeting will take place Tuesday, July 18 at CHP in the Azalea Conference Room on the lobby level; there is a possibility that the grant program for war memorials may be extended or another round advertised next year
- Courtney Cacatian (AED) updated the TF on the regional brochure being prepared for WWI and II attractions in Northern Virginia; it is still under review but should be ready soon.
- Brendon Gehrke added to the discussion about future activities suggesting a focus on homeless vets; something like preparing a meal in partnership with VFW as an example; TF members are asked to think about such activities; topic will be revisited once County Fair is complete.
- Meeting adjourned; next meeting is scheduled for August 8