Gov. Larry Hogan has created a Maryland World War I Centennial Commission to develop activities and events for the 100th year anniversary of the war. Hogan signed an executive order on Wednesday to form the panel. It will include 11 members who will be appointed by the governor. The commission will submit a plan for commemorating the centennial to Hogan by June 30, 2017.
The governor's office noted that several sites in Maryland played significant roles in the war, including Fort Meade, which served as a training site for 400,000 soldiers, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, the oldest proving ground in the country. Fort McHenry was the largest receiving hospital in the country and tended to more than 20,000 wounded soldiers returning to the United States.