Battallion at Drill – Camp Fremont, California – c. 1918
In the early years of the centennial the original goal of the California World War 1 Advisory Council was to support the “formation” of a California World War One Centennial Commission, and to promote the observation and commemoration of United States involvement in World War One throughout the state through events and activities of an educational and recreational nature involving both public and private entities to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those who served.
After the formation of the California World War 1 Centennial Task Force, the California World War 1 Advisory Council realized a need to adapted its prior mission. Though the Advisory Council still supports the Task Force, it was determined that there was a specific need that the Council and its website could address, that of providing a forum and networking opportunity for people on all things related to the war, especially in connection with California.
The current mission of the California World War 1 Centennial Advisory Council is to actively commemorate the service of Americans in the Great War by acting as advocate for those individuals (such as authors, educators, and historians,) and civic and public entities (such as cities, companies, and service organizations) who today endeavor to educate and honor the memory of those who served by offering this website as a platform to get their message out to others. These messages may include fee or free services so long as they are based upon, or include the theme of the First World War and/or its time period, and may include fundraising efforts to renovate, restore, and create monuments within the State of California.
Specifically, the California World War 1 Centennial Advisory Council strives to make the public aware of the funding needs of the California World War 1 Centennial Task Force whose own mission includes commemorating World War 1.
Advisory Council Structure
There have always been three levels of involvement in the Advisory Council. They are: Boardmembers, Collaborators, and Associates. Each of these has different/limited levels of participation.
(Check out the different levels of involvement below and see in what way you can be a part.)
ADVISORY COUNCIL BOARDMEMBERS: This is a list of significant participants that may include corporations, recognized authors, historians, experts on WW1, service organizations, etc. They are the recognized experts and influential faces of the Council.
ADVISORY COUNCIL COLLABORATORS: These are the real soldiers of the council, those who help and take a more active part. (It is possible to act as a Boardmember and Collaborator simultaneously.)
ADVISORY COUNCIL ASSOCIATES: Associates are those individuals and entities who provide the catilist for whatever project, event, or cause the Advisory Council is providing awareness and support for. These include advertising for books from California authors with a WW1 theme or topic, fundraising efforts for WW1 projects throughout the state of California, and funding awareness for the California World War 1 Centennial Task Force .
In addition we have MEDIA PARTNERS who have selected to partner with us to help us in our objective to promote the observation and commemoration of United States involvement in World War One 100 years ago and to share the need of fundraising for the California World War 1 Centennial Task Force, and other collaborators. These MEDIA PARTNERS are journalists, broadcasters, publishers, stations, as well as internet news sources that support the goals of the California World War 1 Centennial Advisory Council.
To join the effort and become an associate, collaborator, or partner; perhaps to join our board please contact us at centennial@WW1Doughboys.com.