Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration: 2018 Planning Conference

The Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Association (TXWWICCA) will host its 2018 Planning & Coordination Conference on March 2 in Austin. The conference will provide information, resources, and coordination for Texans interested in orchestrating World War I commemoration activities for their communities and organizations.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and will be held at the Stephen F. Austin Building auditorium, located at 1700 North Congress Ave. in Austin. The day-long program will focus on helping organizations orchestrate events that will take place in 2018 through June 2019, when the National World War I Centennial period ends. The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration will be required. Conference registration is available online beginning February 8 and will close February 27 or when auditorium capacity has been reached.

World War I had an enduring impact on Texas. More than 198,000 Texans from every race, ethnicity, and gender served in the Great War. 5,171 lost their lives. It was a time of great change in technology, culture, and society. Texas was a center for military logistics and training, as well as a key supplier of war materials such as oil, cotton, livestock, and lumber.

The conference agenda will include updates on existing Centennial initiatives around the state and ideas for off-the-shelf commemoration activities that can be easily adopted. Organizations and communities who have not yet identified a Centennial commemoration event will be able to identify commemoration activities that best suit their constituency.  

“With TVC co-sponsorship, we will also emphasize the role veteran organizations can play,” said Jim Hodgson, a director with the TXWWICCA. “Veteran’s issues from World War I remain relevant 100 years later. We believe these commemorations provide a natural opportunity for veterans to connect with their communities, schools, and local governments.”

For more information on the agenda, parking, and cafeteria services for the event, and to register, visit www.splashthat.com/sites/view/texaswwicentennial2017.splashthat.com. Contact the TXWWICCA at WWICC.TX@gmail.com for additional assistance.