The World War One Centennial commemoration in Kansas City

Marking 100 years of the US entry into WWI

April 06, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Kansas City, MO - All eyes were focused on Kansas City as the country marked 100 years since the US's entry into World War One on April 6, 1917. 

Around 3,000 people attended the soldout commemoration ceremonies on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial & National World War One Museum. The daylong observance was titled "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace" and featured reinactors, patriotic and era-specific music, speeches and readings. Foreign dignitaries were also on hand to mark, what was at times, a somber occasion.

There was also a flyover by the Patrouille de France, the French Air Force's aerobatic team, trailing plumes of red, white and blue smoke as the jets passed over the crowd. Toward the end of the event, a B-2 bomber from Whiteman AFB in mid-Missouri also flew overhead.

The Patrouille de France flyover: 

The cannon fusillade:


The Patrouille de France arriving in Kansas City the day before:


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