Thursday, February 15, 2018


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It has been a century since the heroic pigeon delivered vital messages that saved lives during World War I.  Please join us in celebrating this amazing bird and his legacy.

The American Racing Pigeon Union (AU) announces the celebration of the year in Washington D.C.  The AU's lobbyist, Greg Smith, is taking the lead in coordinating this event.  The celebration will tentatively include representatives from the AU, IF, and the Smithsonian.  The Smithsonian has indicated they would be interested in displaying pigeon memorabilia for public viewing.

Local pigeon fanciers will be invited to assist by providing birds for an impressive release.  We also hope to include veterans, several embassies and possibly the 77th Division.  As details are confirmed, we will provide updates so that all may join us in this most important commemorative event.

Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast and leg by enemy fire but still managed to return to his loft with a message capsule dangling from the wounded leg. The message Cher Ami carried was from Major Charles S. Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion" of the Seventy-seventy Infantry Division that had been isolated from other American forces. The message brought about the relief of the 194 battalion survivors, and they were safe behind American lines shortly after the message was received.
For his heroic service, Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He was returned to the United States and died at Fort Monmouth, N.J. on June 13, 1919, as a result of his wounds. Cher Ami was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931, and received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.


Donations to assist beginners . . .               

To assist those just coming into the hobby, American Racing Pigeon Union members have offered items such as clocks and birds.  

We have a list of donated items to help beginners.  As we receive donations, we will update the LIST in each e-Update newsletter so you won't miss an opportunity.