Skip to comments.Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, April 6, Kansas City
Posted on 04/05/2017 6:32:00 AM PDT by iowamark
In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I
April 6, 2017 Kansas City, MO
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is honored to host America's national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States' entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, will be held on April 6, 2017 at the Museum.
The national commemorative ceremony will tell the compelling story of the U.S decision to enter into the Great War through a unique multi-media program including significant and representative American writings of a century ago, including selections from speeches, journalism, literature and poetry, as well as performances of important music of the time. Invited participants and guests include the President of the United States, international Heads of State and diplomats, military leaders, veterans organizations, and national and state elected officials.
About The Ceremony
The commemorative ceremony is a multi-media production illustrating Americas step-by-step decision to enter the war. A creative team led by artistic director Ed Bilous has adapted historic images and music of the period into a 90-minute mixture of live performance and film to be broadcast on giant screens at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
The colorful and awe-inspiring ceremony will also include commemorative flyovers by U.S. aircraft and Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force, as well as the U.S. First Infantry Division Band and Color Guard, Native American Color Guard, Army and Air Force legacy units that served during World War I, and special video presentations and musical performances from the World War l period.
The show features powerful musical moments under the direction of Michelle DiBucci, including the world premiere of two historic songs, a special appearance by members of the Kansas City Symphony and two U.S. military bands. Notable performers participating in the event include Kevin Costner, solo R&B recording artists Billy Cliff and Lisa Fischer, baritone John Brancy with pianist Peter Dugan, and Kansas City Lyric Opera featured artist Samantha Gossard.
The National WW I Museum in KC is one of the city’s crown jewels. It’s a must see.
I have visited that museum. Impressive is the word that comes to mind. And very moving as well.
From an American point of view that war was just so unnecessary. It was none of our business and we should have stayed out. Wilson gets my vote for the worst president in our history.
Yes, yes, and maybe... can we call it a tie?
I’m just about to leave to haul my Nieuport there and setup as a static display for tomorrow’s ceremony. Horrible weather today (wind & rain) and very high security on the grounds but should still be interesting and unique.
There are many who believe that if America did not enter the war, it simply would have become a negotiated stalemate - thus would not have given rise to WWII, or Soviet Russia.
WWI marked the ascendancy of the USA to a super-power, but it also marked the start of European cultural disintegration.
We were not even in it for that long, and still lost too many people.
It seems like a deadly mix of financial interests, an idiot idealist president, and a globalist congress, with delusions of remaking the world in America’s image, and a bunch of dumb Europeans that couldn’t talk their non-issues out and had too many delusional ideas of war being nobel.
The more I read about WW1, the more I hate us getting into it.
Wishful thinking. Nicholas had abdicated two months earlier so Lenin was well on his way to taking power in Russia. Lack of a Versailles Treaty may have prevented World War II or it just may have delayed it.
I agree completely.
The field of poppies under the glass entry is a sobering reminder of the price of that war.
Old time biplanes look like a lot of fun.
One day I hope to catch a ride at some airshow.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I have also visited this museum...a must see if you are in Kansas City
Wilson’s hand was forced by the belief that unrestricted submarine warfare was going to starve Britain out of the war. We see that Russia was totally defeated. France could not have lasted alone against Germany. The war would have ended with Germany dominating Europe and Lenin and Stalin ruling the USSR. A German-Soviet war would have been inevitable.
Your historical guess is bunk!
1) Germany dominating Europe would have sunk the communist revolution in Russia period. Example of Soviets weakness: PolishRussian War of 19191921 where little Poland kicked the Soviets a$$! With Germany dominating and with, German eastern borders at least equivalent to those of 1914, there would have been German troops (best combat troops of either war) right on the boarder of Russia. There is no way Germany would have allow the Soviets any breathing space to form an anti - monarchy government. Remember Kaiser Wilhelm was the cousin of Czar Nicholas. There would have been hell to pay for the commies that shot the Czar and family, you can bet on that!
2) With the Soviets cowed there would have been no Stalin to lead a communist government. Additionally, there would be no Hitler nazi government. Kaiser Wilhelm would have been seen as one of the greatest German leaders in history. There would not have been room for a Hitler or his thurst for revenge.
3) The prospect of a German-Soviet war might be somewhat valid. If war against the Soviets had happened:
a) Germany dominating Europe
b) war reparations from the allies
c) no allied sea blockade
d) European anti communist allies
e) the entire German army available to fight against the Soviets.
All this would have insured a complete Soviet defeat.
On the Pritzker Military Library website:
One hundred years ago today, the racist warmonger Woodrow Wilson conned America into a war we had no business entering.
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