World War I Society, Order of the First World War, the Great War Society

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Life membership includes a membership certificate and medal (illustrated at left) and a subscription to the electronic newsletter of the Order, "The Salient"
Please see membership section for details.

Genealogical Society Honoring Our Ancestors Who Served In World War I

The Order of the First World War is a hereditary society based on membership that brings together men and women who share World War I ancestry or lineage.

The objects of the Order of the First World War are patriotic, historical and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those men and women who rendered honorable service for their country; to promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for their heritage, deeds and memory; to encourage historical research; to acquire and preserve military records of their individual services in the Great War of 1914-1918. In addition the Order endeavors to preserve documents, relics and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the fallen soldiers by appropriate memorials and to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the First World War.

Any man or woman shall be eligible for membership in the Order who, being a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal or collateral descendant, in the male or female line, of an ancestor, man or woman, who served in the Great War for Civilization, who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause for his or her country. In addition to military service individuals who supported their country by “war work” such as working in industrial plants manufacturing war equipment, the American or International Red Cross, YMCA, Salvation Army, and other organizations, as well as those who served in the Federal Government in such capacities as the State Department, War Department, Selective Service, Rationing Boards etc, are also eligible. Although 1917-1918 were the dates of official American involvement in the First World War, but this Order is open to anyone with World War I ancestry from any country, in either the Allied or Central Powers, involved in the war from the years 1914-1918.

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centennial medal

The Order of the First World War is proud to present a medal honoring the “Centennial of World War I” commemorating the Great War (1914-1918). We have both a Medal w/ ribbon AND a Medal as a Coin.

*The picture shows the obverse AND reverse sides for both medals.
We have shown the obverse side with the ribbon and the reverse side as a coin.
The Medals are available to the general public for a donation of at least:
$29 for the Medal w/ ribbon,
$26 for the Medal as a Coin,
$50 for a combo set of the Medal w/ ribbon & the Medal as a Coin.
Please make your check payable to “OFWW” using checks drawn on US banks or international money orders payable in US Dollars.
*Indicate exactly which Medals you wish to receive.
Order of the First World War
408 S. Emerald Woods Run, Farmington, AR 72730-7098

The Order of the First World War is a corporation of the State of Florida as a division of the Ancient Hereditary Orders, Inc. and has been designated a 501 ( c ) 4 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The registered domain name is

Order of the First World War, the Great Society, WWI Society
Trench warfare on the Western Front may have captured the popular imagination, but the First World War was very much a maritime conflict as well.
Order of the First World War, the Great Society, WWI Society
President Wilson and soldiers.