While the National WWI Museum and Memorial will not be open to the public on Memorial Day, they are offering three moving ceremonies streamed online for FREE to the public.
Here is the viewing schedule on Monday, May 25.
10 a.m.: A Memorial Day ceremony occurs to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice featuring remarks from dignitaries such as Missouri U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, Sporting KC star Khiry Shelton, musical performances from Kansas City native and Nashville recording artist Casi Joy (NBC’s “The Voice”) and much more.
Noon: A Memorial Day Bell Tolling Ceremony commemorates those who lost their lives with a bell that was rung daily in Kansas City by the Daughters of the American Revolution during World War I.
2 p.m.: The Museum and Memorial shares the Walk of Honor Dedication Ceremony, which recognizes individuals who have recently had a Walk of Honor brick dedicated in their name.
World War I Museum and Memorial Reopening
The National WWI Museum and Memorial will reopen to its members on Monday, June 1 and to the general public on Tuesday, June 2.
Upon reopening, several elements of the Museum and Memorial will be adjusted to account for guidelines established by public health officials. Among those items:
Guests may visit the Museum during one of two timed sessions each day (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 2-5 p.m.) to maintain limited occupancy levels and provide for additional cleaning between sessions.
Guests are strongly encouraged to buy tickets online in advance to guarantee entrance due to limited occupancy levels.
The organization has increased the frequency of cleaning using CDC-rated disposable products, installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the complex and adopted “no-touch” measures such as hands-free door openers and touch-free waste containers. Staff and volunteers will wear face masks at all times in public spaces. In conjunction with city regulations, guests are encouraged, but not required to wear facemasks.
While the Main Gallery, Exhibit Hall, Memory Hall and Wylie Gallery are available, some areas will be unavailable such as the Liberty Memorial Tower and the Edward Jones Research Center.
Some amenities such as checking of coats/backpacks and complimentary use of wheelchairs/scooters will be unavailable.
For the complete list of adjustments, check here.