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National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON SATURDAY, NOV. 11:
The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9 a.m. — 5 p.m.: Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life!
10 a.m.: Veterans Day Ceremony | Join us for a free public Veterans Day Ceremony in J.C. Nicholas Auditorium with a keynote address from Major General Maria R. Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center. The ceremony also features performances from The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Wind Ensemble, the Regency Place Special Chorus, and a presentation of colors from Whiteman Air Force Base.
2 p.m.: Walk of Honor Ceremony | Nearly 100 new Walk of Honor bricks will be dedicated during the moving ceremony in J.C. Nichols Auditorium featuring a performance from acclaimed vocalist and veteran Ron Gutierrez.
2 p.m.: Hands-on History | History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts at a display inside the Main Gallery.
ADMISSION ON VETERANS DAY WEEKEND:
Admission to the Museum is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while admission for the general public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12).
HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY:
Firing on the First World War’s Western Front ended on Nov. 11, 1918 at “the eleventh hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.” After four years of fighting, an eerie stillness fell across the battlefields of Europe.
Celebrating the end of war soon turned to sober remembrance of all who were lost. Armistice Day, officially recognized by President Wilson in 1919, is still observed throughout the world with many stopping for a moment of silence at the 11th hour of this day to honor those who brought about the end of the “Great War.” Known as Remembrance Day in many countries, the poppy is commonly worn and remains the symbol of commemoration originating from Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields.”