World War I Centennial Commission: Remembering the women of World War I

The naming of a new U.S. Navy destroyer in honor of Chief Nurse Lenah Higbee may be just a blip in the news, but it represents a long-overdue recognition of American women’s participation in World War I.

Across the globe, more than 30 countries are commemorating the Great War with educational programs, memorial services and public events. The United States shed its isolationist stance and joined with the Entente powers in 1917, three years after the war began. Thus, our two-year centennial of World War I will begin later as well, on the 100th anniversary of Congress’ declaration of war, in April 2017.

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