Soon the halls of education will be closed for several months while family, friends and relatives relish in the thought of fun and adventure. The Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area will step in line by their offering of a variety of events for all to enjoy at the National WWI Museum. This would be a pleasant way to start off the summer and remember our fallen heroes.
Some events that will be taking place during this holiday weekend are as follow:
What: Gold Star Mothers and WWI
When: Saturday, May 29
Where: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO, J. C. Nichols Auditorium
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Lisa Budreau, historian and author will be the featured speaker. She will discuss her new book, “Bodies of War: World Word I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933”. She will also talk about Gold Star Mothers. A book signing will follow the lecture.
What: The Military Vehicle Preservation Society
When: Sunday, May 30 and Monday May 31
Where: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO, Southeast Lawn
Time: Throughout the day
Military vintage vehicles will be on display. Members of the Society will be available to answer any questions. This should be a rather interesting display.
What: Celebration at the Station
When: Sunday, May 30
Where: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Time: 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Rain date scheduled for May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
This is considered to be one of Kansas City’s most popular Memorial Day weekend events. Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony Director will lead the orchestra with a variety of patriotic songs. The grounds will be open to the community at 3:00 p.m. For your pleasure food will be available for purchase inside and outside the Union Station. You may also bring your own picnic lunch. A pre-concert event will begin at 4:30 p.m. featuring the United States Air Force Brass in Blue. At 7:30 the Symphony will take center stage. Special guests this year include the Time for Three trio, and Mark Schultz, a resident of Colby, KS and a Contemporary Christian Music artist. Live canons will be fired and a must-see fireworks will conclude this special memorial commemoration. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs .
What: Memorial Day Observance Ceremony
When: Monday, May 31
Where: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO,
Time: 9:30 a.m.
This ceremony will begin outdoors at 9:30 a.m. There will be a color guard parade. The American Legion Band will perform. A recent addition of the bricks to the Walk of Honor will be dedicated. Chaplain Major R. Patrick Moore will give the keynote address. Free parking and shuttle service will be available on this day from the parking lots at Grand and 27th Streets from 8-5. After the ceremony the museum will be open. Although the Observance Day is free thee is an admission charge if you tour the museum itself.
What: Movie: Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance
“The Great War, the Great Movies” series theme of WWI documentaries
When: Monday, May 31
Where: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO, J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Time: 1:00 P.M.
This film was made in 2004 and looks back on government-funded trips that took mothers to World War 1 cemeteries. It is 60 minutes in duration. This film was produced by the University of Illinois public television station.