Liberty Memorial, Kansas City
Plans are afoot and fundraising well-underway for a major expansion of the exhibit facilities at the Liberty Memorial. Already, the murals inside "Memory Hall" have been carefully restored.
The towers of the Crown Center complex are visable on the left side of the photo.
The Liberty Memorial was built in the early 1920s as a monument to American soldiers who fought in World War I. It was also intended to be a symbol of a "new era" of international peace and co-operation that the First World War was supposed to have inaugurated. Funds for the memorial were raised entirely by private individuals in the Kansas City region, construction was started within a few months of the end of the war, and the Memorial was dedicated in early 1921. The dedication ceremony was attended by American Commander in Chief General Pershing (a native Missourian), French Marshall Foch, and British First Sea Lord Earl Beatty, among others.
The Liberty Memorial is the country's only memorial dedicated to the veterans of World War I.
It has an extensive museum of artifacts from The Great War. The Tower is open to the public. It provides you with a great view of Kansas City. The grounds of the memorial are equally impressive. Two statues, "The Sphinxes," guard the entrance. There's also a stone frieze (one of the largest in the world) that depicts the progression from war to peace.
Admission to both the museum and the tower is only $5.
General Black-Jack Pershing himself was in attendance when this monument was dedicated in the 1920s. I have heard that it is the only memorial in the country dedicated to the veterans of World War I. There is a museum, an elevator ride to the top of the monument, and wonderful views of Kansas City's Union Station and the skyline.
this place is a great place to experince exactly what happened during WWI. With great displays and fun for the whole family!