Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton was elected chairman of the national World War I Centennial Commission at its inaugural meeting Friday in Kansas City.
Skelton will lead a commission of 12 members, tasked with overseeing programs and projects that commemorate the 100th anniversary of what was then called the Great War.
It started in August 1914. The U.S. began its military involvement almost three years later.
“This is a solemn duty,” Skelton said. “I hope all of us will take it seriously.”
Commissioners toured the National World War 1 Museum at the Liberty Memorial before their session.
The commission was established by Congress but receives no taxpayer funds. Instead, a non-profit foundation will be established to raise money for education, exhibits and other events.