WASHINGTON –Yesterday, at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) participated in the ceremonial strike of the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar honoring the 100th anniversary of American participation in World War I.
“Missouri is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial, which is why I’m especially proud to see that history remembered on the World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin,” said Blunt.
The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is the only museum in the country solely dedicated to telling the story of World War I and the global events that took place between 1914 and 1918.
Blunt continued, “Our nation is forever indebted to the millions of Americans who served our nation in World War I. I hope this tribute will encourage future generations to recognize their sacrifices and gain a better understanding of how the ‘war to end all wars’ has had lasting implications for the world we live in today.”
The Blunt-led World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act established a coin design competition held by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and a panel of judges elected by the World War I Centennial Commission. U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver introduced the House companion measure, which was signed into law in 2014.
The coin comes at no cost to taxpayers and will be available for purchase from the Mint beginning in January 2018. The Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War have all been memorialized by commemorative coins.