Georgia’s World War I Commission



On Friday, 3 February, 2017 the Veterans of Wars Department of Georgia presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Georgia’s World War I Commission.  Created by an act of the 2015 Georgia General Assembly and signed into existence by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 5, 2016. the Georgia Commission is charged with developing a program that educates all Georgians about the significance of WWI in world history and the role Georgians played in that war; honors those Georgians who sacrificed so much for their state and country; and properly commemorates the people, places, and events within Georgia that contributed to the liberation of war-torn Europe.
Pictured left to right are WWI Commission advisory member Keith Antonia and Commission Chairman Dr. Billy Wells, VFW Department of Georgia appointee as a Strategic Partner representing our Department, Past State Commander Al Lipphardt, University of North Georgia Military Science Department Commander Colonel Brent Cummings and Executive Officer Major Steve Devitt.  Unavailable to attend the presentation were Department of Georgia State Commander Bill Sandberg and WWI Commission member, Mr. Rick Elder appointed by Governor Deal.  Rick is a member of VFW Post 7116, Sylvania, Georgia. 
Two noteworthy items are, first, this is only the beginning of VFW Department of Georgia and Auxiliary’s financial and active support in engaging our members, as our charter directs, “To Perpetuate the Memory and History of Our Dead”.  What happens when you engage the community? Welcome to four of the newest VFW members.  Post 12002 North Fulton, Georgia will be welcoming these four men in the photo who are VFW eligible and enthusiastically applying to join our organization when asked.  Why did they join?  As combat veterans they know “No One Does More For Veterans Than The Veterans of Foreign Wars…….No One!
“Believe In What You Do – Do What You Believe In”
Yours in Comradeship and Service,
Al Lipphardt

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