Who They Were

Black and white photo collage of WWI service members and families.

Download the Toolkit


Be a part of the World War I Centennial! Register for Who They Were and download the Educator's Guide and Student Activity Toolkit today!

Sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, Who They Were seeks to engage students in centennial commemoration activities and help them learn about America’s World War I generation. By participating in Who They Were, young people across the country will join a special once-in-a-century effort to remember the men and women from their communities who served our country 100 years ago.

The activity can be done by individuals or groups in a variety of settings using our Who They Were Activity Toolkit. Using the Who They Were Educators Guide, teachers assist students in the creation of a short presentation about their community’s World War I generation. This information then can be presented at their school or at a local event. See examples of completed narratives.

After sharing what they have learned, teachers and students can share their presentation and information on the Who They Were map (this availability is coming soon). Students also will be able to see what other classes or groups from around the country have discovered about their own World War I generations and be part of the larger national World War I commemoration.

In addition, a national version of Who They Were will be presented at special commemorative events on the centennial of the Armistice that ended the war, Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, and on Memorial Day 2019.

Download the Toolkit

WWI Commission


Register today!

After you register, you will receive a link to download the Educators Guide and Student Activity Toolkit.

Ready to Submit Your Event?

If you have an account, have completed the toolkit and are ready to submit an event? Login and use the link below to do so.

Who They Were Worksheets

Download the Who They Were Worksheets as Word documents.

World War I in Your Community

Curated resources from around the country to help you research your local World War I story.

Research Resources

This page has research resources for all of the 57 NHD affiliates, including every state.

The US in WWI

This education guide was created by The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and HISTORY®.