The World War I centennial year has arrived. There are a number of events planned in Europe to commemorate military campaigns and battles in the months ahead. In the meantime, VA and many federal agencies will continue to participate in planning for Nov. 11, 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the armistice bringing World War I to an end.

In our partnership with the World War I Centennial program, U.S. Mint is issuing a World War I Centennial silver dollar. The coin, and its companion silver medals, will be available to purchase at noon Eastern Time, on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The U.S. Mint coin and medals are a tangible way to be part of the centennial. They honor the 4.7 million American men and women who served during the war, and they help to support WWI education and commemorative programs.

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin served as a keynote speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National World War I Memorial on Nov. 9, 2017.  The memorial will be built in Pershing Park, Washington D.C., near the White House. Funds for the memorial are being privately raised.

To learn more about the World War I Centennial and activities taking place, please visit

About the author: Joe Curtin, an Army Veteran, is the director of VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office. The National Veterans Outreach Office leads, coordinates and reports outreach program activities and communications throughout VA to increase Veterans’ awareness of VA’s healthcare, benefits and services, as well as how to apply for them.

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