The National World War I Museum and Memorial will host America’s national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War as announced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.
The national ceremony, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry in WorldWar I,"
will be held on April 6, 2017 will be held at the Museum. Invited attendees include the President of the United States; Congressional leadership; Cabinet members; State governors;
U.S. military leaders; veteran organizations; representatives from U.S. military legacy units that trace their history back to World War I; descendants of significant American WWI figures; and other organizations, dignitaries, and VIPs. International invitees include the Heads of State of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, and all other nations whose people were involved in the Great War.
Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2004 as the official museum dedicated to WWI and in 2014 as America’s National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Museum is uniquely positioned to host the official Commission event.
"It’s a fitting tribute to those who served in the Great War that we commemorate the entry of the United States into World War I in the very same place where millions of visitors from across the world have paid tribute for nearly a century," said National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO and World War l Commissioner Dr. Matthew Naylor. "The National World War I Museum and Memorial is committed to remembering, understanding and interpreting the Great War and its enduring impact and this event underscores how this calamitous conflict continues to significantly affect everyone to this day."