All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

National World War I Memorial

Pershing Park, the proposed site of a national WWI memorial

Pershing Park, the proposed site of a national WWI memorial

Washington, DC
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Edwin Fountain of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission discusses efforts to re-develop Pershing Park in Washington, DC as a site to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during World War I. Currently the park is the site of a memorial to General John Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

Updated: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 10:51am (ET)

Related Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedicated Today
Sunday, October 16, 2011     

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial was officially dedicated in a ceremony today. President Obama and several of the late Dr. King's children were among the speakers.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony
Friday, November 11, 2011     

On this Veteran's Day, a tribute to Vietnam War Veterans takes place at the "Wall," which is the memorial wall of names of those who died in the Vietnam War. This year's annual ceremony on the National Mall in Washington DC comes just months before the groundbreaking of a visitor's center and "learning center."

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Proposal
Sunday, March 25, 2012     

Two of Dwight D. Eisenhower's grandchildren voiced their opposition at a congressional hearing to the proposed design of a memorial honoring the 34th president of the United States. The hearing was held to consider the views of both supporters and opponents of the memorial's design.  

Memorial Controversies in Washington, DC
Saturday, February 1, 2014     

The American Historical Association recently held its annual meeting in Washington, DC and American History TV was there. Sculptor Rob Firmin and James Percoco from the Friends of the National World War II Memorial talk about the debates over history, memory and American identity in the nation’s memorials and monuments. 

The Presidency: Ronald Reagan's Legacy
Sunday     

Former President Ronald Reagan died at 93 in June 2004. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library hosted a discussion about the 40th president’s legacy. Panelists included Reagan biographer Lou Cannon and Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan.   

Reel America: "Oil Across Arabia" - 1950
Sunday     

This Bechtel Corporation film documents the 1947 to 1950 development of a Saudi Arabian oil pipeline constructed by American companies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.  The 1,000 mile pipeline by-passed the need for a 3,000 mile oil tanker journey around Saudio Arabia to the Suez Canal. This pipeline ceased all operations in 1990.

Star-Spangled Banner 200th Anniversary
Sunday     

In this program, we take you to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for a ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. The event includes remarks by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Also, a flag-raising at the exact time 200 years ago that Francis Scott Key saw a large American flag hoisted above the fort, signaling the garrison had survived an all-night bombardment by the British Navy. That moment on September 14, 1814, inspired Key to compose what would later become our National Anthem, and the American victory became a turning point in the War of 1812. 

American Artifacts: Birth of the Star-Spangled Banner
Sunday     

In this "American Artifacts" program, we visit Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine in Baltimore to learn about the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner. The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the British naval bombardment of the fort during the War of 1812. The raising of the garrison flag over the fort on the morning after the barrage inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that later became our national anthem. 

Espionage During World War I
Saturday     

Former intelligence analyst for both the State Department and the CIA, Mark Stout, explores the history of espionage during World War I. He focuses on four American agencies that participated in spying; the Navy Department, the War Department, the State Department, and the Expeditionary forces abroad, including the U.S. Army. The Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute co-hosted this event.

Lectures in History: Korean War POWs
Saturday     

U.S. Naval Academy history professor Lori Bogle teaches a class on the American soldiers taken prisoner during the Korean War, including the effects of captivity and attempts at political indoctrination. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN Radio