KANSAS CITY, MO. – The National WWI Museum and Memorial kicks off a busy summer season with the traveling Vietnam Wall, Memorial Day commemorations and more.
Vietnam Wall and Memorial Day Weekend
Thursday, May 19 – Monday, May 30, 2022
Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31, admission to the National WWI Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price all weekend. There will be a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 with Kansas City native, Lieutenant General Larry Jordan.
May 19-30, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall returns to the Southeast Lawn of the Museum and Memorial. An 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the wall measures nearly 400 feet long.
Other May events at the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s include:
On Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Cecilia Robinson, Dr. Antonio Holland and Marvin Greer will discuss the individuals and significant legacy of African American contribution in WWI. The in-person and online program is presented in partnership with the Clay County African American Legacy Inc., and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group.
Activist and fiber artist Shannon Downey (Badass Cross Stitch) will examine the evolution of craft as a tool of activism, its impact on community and society and examples of WWI craftivism on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Downey will also introduce interested guests to embroidery techniques and stitches. This event is in-person and online.
Museum members will get an opportunity to see the newest exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, before it opens to the public in an exclusive extended-hours preview, on Thursday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
War memorials stretch the length and breadth of the world. In Australia, 107 years after Gallipoli, how does the story of the ANZACs still shape Australian memory? On Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m., visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Bruce Scates will premiere for the first time in the U.S. a stunning new film exploring Australia’s commemorative landscape.
May National WWI Museum and Memorial events
- Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.: Lives and Legacy of Liberty: African American Service in WWI
- Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: WW1USA Amateur Radio Station
- Thursday-Monday, May 19-30: AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall
- Thursday, May 19, 5:30 p.m.: Modernist Happy Hour
- Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.: WWI Changed US: Craftivism
- Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Member Preview: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
- Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.: Anzac Journeys
- Friday-Monday, May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend
- Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m.: Bank of America Celebration at the Station
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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