Gov. Bill Haslam has entrusted the nine-member Tennessee Great War Commission to create events, share information and educate others as they tell the story of the Volunteer State and its citizens during the war. Dr. Michael Birdwell, a Tennessee Tech University history professor, appointed by Gov. Haslam was unanimously elected chairperson of the commission. Tennessee’s Great War Commission was created through legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013 and supports the U.S. WWI Centennial Committee’s efforts to honor all American WWI veterans, to educate people about this period in our history, to remember and recognize the citizens of each state who served, and to honor service and sacrifice by soldiers and their families.