The Military Order of the World Wars’ (MOWW) founding resulted from General of the Armies Pershing’s request that his officers continue serving America after their active military service ended. Since MOWW was established in 1919, MOWW’s members have lived by the motto, “It is more noble to serve than to be served.”
MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) programs throughout the United States—at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, free enterprise system concepts, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop leadership skills which help them be better citizens and future leaders. MOWW’s YLCs are accredited by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAASP).
MOWW also sponsors awards programs for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC cadets, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. Additionally, MOWW formally honors those who excel in the national security, homeland security and law enforcement arenas. Finally, MOWW hosts “Massing of Colors” ceremonies, and other Patriotic observances and awards.
For more information about the Order, please visit the national MOWW website.