During the centennial of the end of World War I, the District of Columbia National Guard will host a series of special activities, programs, and events to commemorate the end to the first war. Approximately 400,000 National Guard Soldiers served in the Great War, among them were 2,000 Guardsmen from the District of Columbia.

“As we mark 100 years of the end of World War I, we reflect back on the many contribution and sacrifices made by the Soldiers of the District of Columbia National Guard; citizen-Soldiers who answered the call to protect the Capital and defend the nation in time of great need,” said Brig. Gen. William J. Walker, acting commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard.

Highlights of the District of Columbia National Guard’s activities are below. See the official District of Columbia National Guard Facebook for upcoming event details.


Throughout 2018, the District of Columbia National Guard will specifically honor all those D.C. Soldiers who served, died and were affected by the war both at home and overseas, as part of their social media #ThisDayInHistory #DCHistory as a lead up to the centennial of the Armistice that brought the conflict to an end on Nov. 11, 1918. Individuals are asked to share their stories, photos and comments about WWI on the District of Columbia National Guard’s Facebook page. Join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DCGuard and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JFHQDC using the hashtags #ThisDayInHistory, #DCHistory and #WWI.

Summer concert in the park series The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital,” a unit of the District of Columbia Army National Guard, will kick off its 2018 summer Concert in the Park series on Aug. 3 at Mark Square in Alexandria, Va. The band will hold seven concerts throughout August across the National Capital Region, with each concert featuring a musical score composed during World War I and dedicated to the end of the War in Europe. Don’t miss these FREE concerts open to the public.

  • August 3, 7:00 p.m. Market Square 202 King Street, Alexandria, Va.
  • August 4, 7:00 p.m. LaPlata Town Hall 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, Md.
  • August 5, 7:00 p.m. National Harbor 165 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, Md.
  • August 6, 3:00 p.m. Harris Pavilion 9201 Center Street, Manassas, Va.
  • August 7, 6:15 p.m. Hagerstown Community College 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md.
  • August 8, 7:00 p.m. Featuring Capital Sound and Brigadier Brass John Carlyle Square Park 300 John Carlyle Street Alexandria, Va.
  • August 9, 7:00 p.m. Lincoln Park Lincoln Park East Capitol Street, Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.

D.C. War Memorial Commemoration The District of Columbia National Guard in partnership with the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. will hold a World War I commemoration event at the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include an honor guard, band, tribute and wreath laying and reading of names. The names of 499 men and women from the District of Columbia who gave their lives in World War I are inscribed on the memorial as a perpetual record of their patriotic service to their country. Of the names inscribed on the memorial, 49 are District of Columbia National Guardsmen. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.aoidc.org/.