Memorializing the Fallen

Instructions for completing the application, required materials, and the due date are below. There is also a video to help guide users through the application process.

Memorializing the Fallen provides an opportunity for 18 middle and high school teachers to study World War I in Europe, for free! The program pays for travel, courses, lodging, and materials.

Teachers will examine the war through several lenses:

  • The individual experience of America’s World War I soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines. Teachers will research the story of one Silent Hero® and learn about his or her individual experience.
  • The military experience of the American Expeditionary Force and its role in ending the conflict.
  • The collective experience of how art and architecture memorialize the sacrifice and the role that these memorials play in international relations.

Teachers selected will work over the course of the program to create multi-disciplinary lesson plans to help teachers and students learn about the legacies of World War I and the ways in which it impacted the twentieth century. Teachers will research the life of a Silent Hero buried in Europe and offer a eulogy of this person as part of the institute.

Teachers need to be available for travel from June 18 - June 29, 2019 (dates tentative). The program will begin in January with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the lesson plans and profiles on the chosen Silent Hero. Teachers will also participate in a program called Who They Were, which focuses on the World War I home front.


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Interested teachers need to complete the application form by midnight ET on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Within the form teachers will be asked to submit:

  • A two-page resume;
  • A one-page, double spaced, essay focusing on teaching philosophy; and
  • A one-page, double spaced essay focusing on the teacher’s interest in World War I.

**Note: please scan all three documents into one PDF file to upload to the application.

All completed applications submitted before midnight ET on Thursday, November 1, 2018 will be considered.
All applicants will receive notification of the decision no later than December 7, 2018.


This program is funded by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Foundation.

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