The National World War I Museum and Memorial has exciting plans for Veterans Day Weekend – Friday to Monday, November 8 – 11.
No place is more fitting to honor those who've proudly served our country on Veterans Day than the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Veterans and active-duty military will be honored with free admission all weekend, while the general public will be admitted for half-price.
In addition to debuting the acclaimed traveling exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, on November 8, the Museum will host a public Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 11, featuring a keynote address from Dr. Pellom McDaniels III (former Kansas City Chiefs player now serving as faculty curator of African American Collections at Emory University), as well as remarks from dignitaries including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
The Museum also will feature free events and activities Friday through Monday, Nov. 8 to 11, including:
- Vietnam Era Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter on display
- Recently opened special exhibitions: 1919: Peace?, Etched in Memory and Devastated Lands
- Find Your World War I Connection: Museum visitors will have access to research stations featuring Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum’s online collections database, records from the American Battlefield Monuments Commission, and the National Archives to help individuals find their World War I connection.
- 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.
VETERANS DAY WEEKEND HOURS AND PARKING
The National WWI Museum and Memorial will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on
Monday. To accommodate expected traffic on Memorial Day, additional parking will be available on the Southeast Lawn
of the Museum and Memorial (weather permitting). Visitors are encouraged to allot additional time/consideration for
parking during the weekend.
Veterans Day Weekend Activities
THE VIETNAM WAR: 1945-1975 EXHIBITION OPENS
When: Opens Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, May 31, 2020
Where: Wylie Gallery inside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: This highly acclaimed traveling exhibition, organized by the New-York Historical Society, opens at its final location.
Exploring the pivotal struggles felt both on the war front and the home front, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 examines
how the divisive war challenged democracy, citizenship, patriotism and the foundations of American life as well as the
connections between the conflict and its confounding cousin, World War I. Exhibition images/captions are available for
WORLD WAR I RESEARCH STATIONS – FIND YOUR CONNECTION TO WWI
When: All Day, Friday-Monday, Nov. 8-11
Where: R.A. Long Education Center inside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: Find your connection to World War I during Veterans Day weekend through research stations. With access to
multiple databases including, Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum and Memorial’s online collections database,
Veterans Legacy Memorial, the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and the National Archives, discover how
the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and much more. FREE to the public.
VIETNAM ERA BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS “HUEY” HELICOPTER DISPLAY
When: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial Rectangular Drive
What: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #243 will provide an iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter for
display. Guests are welcome to inspect the helicopter, take photos and even climb inside! FREE to the public.
WW1USA AMATEUR RADIO STATION
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial West Lobby
What: The Museum and Memorial is teaming with area amateur radio operators to host special event station WW1USA.
During this time, station operators will contact hundreds of other amateur radio operators across the world. Individuals
are welcome to serve as a guest operator of WW1USA at any time, with all receiving a special amateur radio operator
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Near Paul Sunderland Bridge inside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great
War artifacts. FREE to the public.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Memorial Courtyard outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: Join us for a moving ceremony featuring dignitaries such as Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, special musical
performances and a keynote address from Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, former Kansas City Chiefs star and current Curator of
the African American Collections at the Rose Library at Emory University. FREE to the public.
WALK OF HONOR DEDICATION CEREMONY
When: 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11
Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: Nearly 100 new Walk of Honor granite bricks will be dedicated during a special ceremony featuring a keynote
address from Lt. Col. (ret.) Paul Darling. The Walk of Honor is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those
who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends,
family or organizations. Walk of Honor bricks are dedicated twice each year during Memorial Day and Veterans Day
ceremonies. FREE to the public.
About the National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting
and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum and Memorial
holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-
oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum and
Memorial takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal
stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I
Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National WWI Museum and Memorial
inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for
present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.
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