World War I Memorial groundbreaking set for Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

After years of extensive research, planning and coordination with state, federal, military and international governments, supporters of the World War I Memorial will break ground for the site just prior to Veterans Day.

The groundbreaking event is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. The program will serve as an opportunity to thank partners and supporters who have helped turn a historic vision into reality. Unique to the event, the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony will include soil brought from French battlefields signifying the allied service and sacrifice of those who fought for the common cause of freedom.

The event will be streamed via Facebook Live at

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin is scheduled to be among the featured speakers. VA is one of many federal agencies participating in the World War I Centennial Commission’s mission to build a new national memorial. Although there are no living World War I Veterans, VA recognizes the incredible history this generation of Veterans made to both America and the world following the Great War.

Overseas and here in the United States, the World War I Commemoration Commission has been leading numerous programs from fund raising to build the memorial to historical and educational programs.

To date, France has hosted several events to memorialize and commemorate major battles and campaigns. The impact of World War I not only changed the technology of warfare, but the forever shaped the geopolitical landscape worldwide. In fact, the challenges in the middle east, southwest Asia, and