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Honolulu, Hawaii – October 26, 2018 — The service for the 100th year Anniversary of the end of World War I will be commemorated at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial on November 11, 2018. This celebratory event will be part of a full day of educational and entertaining activities. Seven films telling stories of WWI will be shown throughout the day:
“Lafayette Escadrille” 10min Preview
Short preview of the first comprehensive documentary about the Lafayette Escadrille, the all-true story of the American pilots who volunteered to fly for France in World War I.
“A Soldier’s Journey” 10min Premier
A Premier of the US World War I Commission sponsored short film, telling the story of World War I through sculpture being created by Sabin Howard for the National World War I Memorial.
“The Tank” 46min
A 2016 documentary film about Hawaii’s WWI Memorial, the Natatorium, gives the history of the memorial and a peek inside the gates locked since 1979.
“Pershing’s Path to Glory” 40min
A new documentary film that traces the story of Blackjack Pershing, the General who led American forces in World War I.
“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” 1h 24min
Animated film tells the true story about a dog and his Doughboy in World War I. An ideal draw to bring entire families and their kids into the commemoration of the Armistice.
“The Hello Girls” 55min
A new documentary. The inspiring story about the first women to serve in the US Army and their 60-year struggle to get veteran’s benefits and their 100-year struggle for deserved recognition.
“The Millionaires’ Unit” 2h
Award-winning documentary about a privileged group of students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into WWI. They became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, first to fly for the United States in the war.
Throughout the day, music and concerts will feature Bagpipers, 111th Army Band, the Marine Forces Pacific Band, The Royal Hawaiian Band, Raiatea Helm and The Harry James Orchestra.
For times and information see the schedule of events at hawaiiworldwar1.org/events/
Additional content regarding Hawaii’s participation can be found at worldwar1centennial.org
Following the formation of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission which was part of Public Law 112-272 passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2013, Governor Ige directed the formation of The Hawaii World War One Task Force to plan the State’s commemoration.
The Task Force is composed entirely of volunteers from Hawaii’s Military veterans, Academic, Professional and Civic organizations. The Hawaii National Guard, Veteran’s Affairs, and six Veteran organizations are represented in the membership of the Task Force, along with volunteer members from the ranks of academia, industry and civic organizations. World War I remains America’s forgotten war, even though more Americans gave their lives during that war than during the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. In Hawaii, then a territory of the United States, over 9,800 men volunteered to serve, and the war touched nearly all of the citizenry.