Thursday, April 6
National WWI Museum and Memorial, Penn Valley Park
A centennial commemoration of the United States’ entry into World War I is being held at the National World War I Museum in Penn Valley Park on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 9 a.m.
The ceremony is a multi-media production that will detail America’s decision to enter the war. Artistic Director Ed Bilous has adapted historic images and music of the period into a 90-minute mixture of live performance and film to be broadcast on giant screens at the museum.
Flyovers by U.S. aircraft and Patrouille de France, the aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force, will add color and high-flying inspiration to this spectacular ceremony that will also feature the U.S. First Infantry Division Band and Color Guard, along with the Native American Color Guard, Army and Air Force legacy units that served during World War I and special video presentations and musical performances from the period.
Two historic songs will make their world premieres and complement a special appearance by members of the Kansas City Symphony and two U.S. military bands. International diplomats are expected to attend.
Tickets and more information about the event can be found online. Some streets near Penn Valley Park, Union Station and Crown Center will be closed, starting around 5 a.m., through the ceremony. The World War I Museum will be closed on Wednesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 6.