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United States World War I Centennial
The United States World War I Centennial is a public event on April 6, will begin at 11 a.m. on the southeast lawn of the Liberty Memorial. The observance, titled “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace,” will feature music, readings, and military flyovers. President Donald Trump and foreign heads of state from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Canada and Australia have also been invited have been invited to the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in 1917. The event will be at the Liberty Memorial.
The centennial commission chose to mark the observance in Kansas City because citizens here stood up soon after the war’s end and, in just 10 days, raised the money to build the Liberty Memorial. It is now a National Historic Landmark and has been designated by Congress as the national museum and memorial. The United States lost more than 116,000 people in the conflict. The commemoration in Kansas City is the beginning of an 18-month observance of American involvement in World War I. More information can be found at WW1CC.org.