Friday, March 31, 2017

One hundredth anniversary of U. S. entry into WWI to be commemorated in KC

(From Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver)

In a few days, the world’s spotlight will shine on Kansas City, Missouri as thousands will gather at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for a once-in-a-lifetime event, the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I.

This is expected to be the largest gathering of international and national dignitaries here in Kansas City since the opening of the historic Liberty Museum in 1926. At that time, 5 leaders of allied countries, united and stood for peace. Once again, now a century later, leaders of over 20 countries will gather on April 6, 2017 to recognize our Nation’s sacrifice and honor those who fought in the Great War.

It will be a real privilege to witness such an extraordinary gathering. We are now expecting nearly 4,000 people to join us, to share some of the readings, songs, and videos of WWI 100 years ago. As a tribute and a way of sharing their gratitude, the French Patrouille de France will fly over the National World War I Museum and Memorial at the ceremony. What a sight that will be!

Throughout my career as Mayor of Kansas City, myself and countless others rallied for the restoration and preservation of what was then, the Liberty Memorial and worked tirelessly in Congress to have the Liberty Memorial recognized as the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

I fought for the creation of the WWI Commission years ago because I know how important it is to honor our veterans of WWI - to never forget what they sacrificed for our country and other nations. I couldn’t be happier that the WWI Commission has decided to commemorate this historic event right here in the 5th District.

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