~World War One Liberty Memorial~
~Kansas City Missouri~

~The National World War One Liberty Memorial and Museum~

Just across the street from Union Station ~ The World War One Liberty Memorial
The only Monument to World War One in the Nation

The site for the Liberty Memorial was dedicated on November 1, 1921
The main Allied military leaders spoke to a crowd of close to 200,000 people
It was the only time in history that these leaders were together at one place
In attendance were Lieutenant General Baron Jacques of Belgium; General Armando Diaz of Italy;
Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France; General John J. Pershing of the United States;
and Admiral Lord Earl Beatty of Great Britain.

After three years of construction, the completed Liberty Memorial opened on November 11, 1926
Eight years after the end of the War... President Calvin Coolidge delivered the dedication speech
In which he spoke of how "the magnitude of this memorial, and the broad base of popular support on which it rests
Can scarcely fail to excite national wonder and admiration."

The monument underwent an extensive $30 million restoration project
Beginning in early 2000 and concluding in May 2002

The Liberty Memorial is the official World War I monument of the United States
Its grounds include two Sphinx sculptures, two museums, and the centerpiece 217-foot tower
among other things. A third and much larger new museum opened in 2006 below the tower

The Mall leading to the South entrance of the Memorial

The Museum entrance below the Memorial

On December 2, 2006, the expanded National World War I Museum opened the window
To an extraordinary emotional and intellectual experience envisioned by the people of Kansas City
Designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates and designated by Congress as the nation’s official World War One Museum
The new state of the art complex uses an incredible collection and highly-interactive technology
Bringing this global history to life, with timely discussions of ethics, values, decision making and conflict resolution

The Museum is open daily except Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas
And New Years Day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Museum was selected as "Favorite Museum or Historical Site" in the 2008 KC Visitors' Choice Awards
The Visitors' Choice Awards are the only awards that are chosen exclusively by visitors to Kansas City

The Fountain and Mirror Pool at the Museum Entrance

After months of anticipation, a Renault FT17 World War I tank is now on exhibit at the Museum
With a gaping hole in its side, original camouflage paint and a 37 mm gun protruding from its turret
The rare tank is destined to become one of the most popular objects on exhibit at the Museum

The Skylight above the Museum Entrance below the Monument

One of the Two Original museums flanking the Memorial Tower

Looking South to the Mall Entrance to the Memorial

The Museum on the East side and the Entrance to the Tower Elevator

Looking North toward the Union Station and Downtown Kansas City from the North wall of the Memorial Deck

Entrance to the Tower Elevator

The Upper Elevator exit to the Observation Deck

Then the Winding Stairs to the top

The Last Short Flight to the Top

And the Exit to the Right and Left to the Observation Deck

Time at the Top is not Limited, the Elevator can be Summoned when you want to descend

A Panoramic View of Downtown Kansas City from the Top of the Tower

Union Station from the Top of the Tower

An Excellent 360 Degree View of the City from the Top of the 217 foot Tower

The IBM Building and The Hyatt Regency Hotel in back with the Crown Center Hotel in the Foreground

The Mirror Pool and Entrance to the Underground Museum

A View South of the Mall and New Contruction in the Distance

Looking Southwest with Interstate 35 to the right

Observation done and now the Return Trip

The Top of the Elevator Mechanism

And down the Winding Stairs

The Elevator Entrance in Sight

A push on the Button and the Elevator Arrives

On the Way out to the Entrance Mall

A Final View from Penn Valley Park

The Liberty Memorial at Night with the Flame of Victory Burning

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