Kansas City marks WWI centennial observance

April 06, 2017 - 7:25 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Foreign dignitaries from around the world were in Kansas City, Missouri, Thursday at its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War."

A sellout crowd of 3,000 onlookers also snapped up tickets for the daylong observance titled, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace."

The event on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial — the nation's official WWI monument — featured patriotic music, speeches and readings from the time America declared war on Germany.

As president and CEO of the city's National World War I Museum and Memorial, Matt Naylor says Thursday's event that's been years in the making "is commemorating, not celebrating" the day the U.S. was drawn into war.

France observes centennial of US entry into WWI

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top officials in France honored the centennial of the day that the United States entered World War I.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged diplomats and veterans Thursday at Paris' U.S. embassy to remember "the courage of America and the millions of soldiers that came to fight at our side." And he noted that French soldiers who attended a similar commemoration in Kansas City, Missouri, demonstrated how "our countries are coming together around a common history."

U.S. Embassy Charge D'Affaires Uzra Zeya, who opened the French event, said World War I showed how countries could "work together against a common enemy."

Kelly Carrigg, a U.S. army veteran of the Iraq War, attended the French event, calling the American relationship with France "one of the oldest alliances in the world and it's still alive today."

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