Commemorative Committee Update

1 month ago

As you can see by the articles surrounding Montana and the Crow Nation, the committee has been very busy over the last quarter. This is just a small portion of what we are working on.

The committee will be looking for support from the membership to represent the Society at key functions in the coming months. If you are available to assist the Society, please contact the POCs for each event below:

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the American Gold Star Mothers Inc, and the Gold Star Peak and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each, guiding how we will work together in our common mission to ensure the service and sacrifices of America’s military are honored and never forgotten.

Members of the committee are working with the American Rose Society, Honor Flight Network, and Le Souvenir Francis, USA on similar MOUs. As these are developed and signed, we will announce them on our social media platforms. The committee has been assisting the planners of the Centennial of the Unknown Soldier in Czechoslovakia by providing technical assistance in planning of events and exhibits. The exhibition has been extended from six months to three years due to the war in Ukraine, and currently they are planning to create coins that will be given to a special guest or be available for purchase. With all that is going on in Europe right now it is encouraging to see the Czechoslovakia Minister of Defense has started planning the whole ceremony and talks with the Colonel of Castle Guard are on-going. With any luck the opening ceremony and the exhibition will be April 1, 2023.

The Never Forget Garden (NFG) project is continuing to grow, with dedications on-going in the United States. The administrative project to consolidate information on every NFG continues, and if you have a NFG or sponsored one, please reach out to and provide us with information and photos.

Plans are underway for the Centennial of the Tomb Guard (TG100) in 2026. This will be similar to TUS100, but focusing on the individual units that have served at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Sentinels that stand the eternal vigil. Chelsea Porterfield (2020-21) has agreed to serve as Chair of the TG100 Committee.

Gavin McIlvenna (1997-98)
Commemorative Committee Chair

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