MARYLAND WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMISSION


[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Joseph T. N. Suarez, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Appointed by Governor: Nelson G. Goodman, M.D.; Jay A. Graybeal; Julia Spangler Madden; Patricia A. McCoy; Rev. Dr. Phebe L. McPherson; Charles D. Melson; Michael Moses; Haywood V. Moss; Nancy D. Schaff; Robert E. Wisch.
Terms expire 2019.

David R. Craig, Executive Director

c/o Governor's Office of Community Initiatives
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 767-1216
e-mail: david.craig@maryland.gov
web: www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/maryland-wwi-centennial-home.html

100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[American Doughboy statue, by E. M. Viquesney (1922?), in front of Emmit House, Main St., Emmitsburg, Maryland] The Maryland World War I Centennial Commission was established by the Governor on November 11, 2015 (Executive Order 01.01.2015.27).

Several sites in Maryland were significant to World War I. Fort Meade operated as a training site for 400,000 soldiers. Aberdeen Proving Ground, the oldest proving ground in the country, tested weaponry and munitions. Fort McHenry was the largest receiving hospital in the country during the War, and cared for over 20,000 wounded returning to the United States.

To recognize the 100th anniversary of World War I, the event of 1914 through 1918, and the role of Marylanders in the War, the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission planned activities for Maryland residents and visitors. The Commission encouraged State and local government agencies, and private organizations to organize and participate in centennial events. It also assisted with efforts to protect, improve, and develop educational and interpretive institutions, sites, and museums related to World War I.

American Doughboy statue, by E. M. Viquesney (1923), in front of Emmit House, Main St., Emmitsburg, Maryland, August 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


By June 30, 2017, the Commission was to present an action plan to the Governor.

Authorization for the Commission ended on November 11, 2019.

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