San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site issued the following announcement.
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.”
Original source: http://www.thc.texas.gov/news-events/press-releases/texas-world-war-i-centennial-commemoration-2018-planning-conference-0