The National World War I Museum Presents Memorial Day Weekend Events to Honor Nation's Fallen Heroes, 5/24-26
Summary of Memorial Day Weekend Events
- Vintage military vehicle display of more than 30 vehicles from World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm (Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Landmark Reborn: The Restoration of Liberty Memorial, a lecture featuring architect and historic preservationist Susan Richards Johnson (Saturday, May 24; 1 p.m.)
- Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and Mayor Sly James expected for public Memorial Day Ceremony in the Memorial Courtyard featuring National Anthem performance from mezzo-soprano Tara Cooper (Monday, May 26; 10 a.m.)
- Free servings of new Blue Bell ice cream flavor "Red, White and Blue Bell" (Monday, May 26; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Nearly 100 New "Walk of Honor" Bricks to be Dedicated During Ceremony featuring patriotic songs by U.S. Army Chorale member and Iraq veteran Ron Guiterrez and a presentation of all new honorees (Monday, May 26; 1 to 2 p.m.)
- Special exhibitions "Over by Christmas: August-December 1914," "On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World" and "Art of War: Political Humor" (All Weekend)
In the year marking the Centennial of World War I, there is no place more fitting to begin Memorial Day observances in Kansas City on Monday, May 26, than at the Memorial Day Ceremonies at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. To honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Museum will host a series of events during Memorial Day weekend:
Vintage Military Vehicle Display
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
Where: Southeast Lawn of the National World War I Museum
What: The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will display nearly 30 vintage military vehicles from World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Vehicles will include a rare Ford amphibious vehicle, a WWI Ford Model T Scout Car, a WWII half-ton truck with a mounted 40-millimeter anti-aircraft gun and a Hummer from Operation Desert Storm. MVPA members will be available to answer questions about their collection.
Landmark Reborn: The Restoration of the Liberty Memorial
When: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 24
Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium in the National World War I Museum
What: President Calvin Coolidge declared the Liberty Memorial the nation's monument to the World War in 1926 and it has defined the Kansas City skyline since. Join a provocative conversation with architect and historic preservationist Susan Richards Johnson on the recent restoration and historic preservation of this beautiful landmark.
Memorial Day Ceremony
When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, May 26
Where: Memorial Courtyard (in front of Memory Hall) at the National World War I Museum.
What: A formal public program to include: