The National World War I Museum in partnership with amateur radio will host special event station WW1USA from the grounds of the Liberty Memorial during the centennial observance of World War I. The international centennial observance will take place from 2014 through 2019.
WW1USA has selected several significant dates in 2014 when the station will be on the air. June 28-29 will commemorate the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. This event provided the spark that ignited the Great War. August 2-3 commemorates the beginning of the Great War as the countries officially declared war. September 6-7 highlights the Battle of the Marne or the so called, “Miracle of the Marne.” December 27-28 will remember the 1914 Christmas Truce. All Amateur Radio operators who present an operator license on any of the above dates will receive $5 admission to the Museum for themselves and up to three guests. No other discounts apply.
December 27-28 1500Z-2200Z, WW1USA will operate from the National World War I Museum to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914. This operation is hosted by the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club with assistance from the Joplin Amateur Radio Club. A contact certificate for December 27-28 may be requested at WW1USA.org or at this site beginning December 27 through January 30, 2015.
The operation of WW1USA will often coincide with other events held at the Museum to highlight lessons from the first worldwide war. The public is invited to share the experience by stopping by the station site just south of the entrance to the National WWI Museum during the operational dates. Amateur Radio operators from the Kansas City region will be on hand to answer questions about the station and amateur radio, and Museum volunteers will also be available to answer historical questions and to provide information about the Museum and memorial.
WW1USA is currently recruiting amateur radio clubs and organizations to support the event during 2015 by providing amateur radio operators to staff the station. This is an opportunity to participate in the worldwide commemoration of the Great War Centennial. WW1USA has available to amateur radio clubs and organizations in the area, a thirty minute program on the Museum and the event station. If you are interested in this program, you may email the amateur radio group at email@example.com.
We invite you to check the website at WW1USA.org for more information as it becomes available. If you would like specific information or would like to contact the WW1USA amateur group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WW1USA is just one of the events sponsored by the National World War I Museum during the period of the international observance. A list of those events and much more may be found on the Museum website at theworldwar.org. For information on the United States Centennial Commission events, the website is worldwar-1centennial.org.
June 28-29 will be hosted by the Raytown Amateur Radio Club (www.K0GQ.com)
August 2-3 will be hosted by the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club (www.SFTARC.org)
September 6-7 will be hosted by the Johnson County Radio Amateurs Club (www.W0ERH.org)
December 27-28 will be hosted by the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club (www.WAARCI.org)
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