~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 WWI Museum, the new state of the art complex uses an incredible collection and highly-interactive technology to bring this global history to life, and to foster 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 National World War I 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


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 Fight 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 Now the Return Trip


The Top of the Elevator Mechanism


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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