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Veterans Day Events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

(Image courtesy of the National World War I Museum and Memorial)

Parachute Jump, KC Symphony Concert Scheduled for Veterans Day at National WWI Museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KPR) - The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is presenting a full slate of events and activities for Veterans Day, including a parachute jump featuring veterans from many of America's wars and conflicts.  A ceremony to honor veterans will feature Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a special concert by the Kansas City Symphony.  The veterans' tandem parachute teams will be skydiving at 6:30 am Wednesday at the WWI Memorial.  Later in the day, Birdman Parrott will make a BASE jump from the Liberty Memorial Tower. Admission on Veterans Day is free for all veterans and active duty military personnel, and half price for the general public.  Visit for more information. 

VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
When: 7:30 am / UPDATED!
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, North Lawn
What: Organized by the Bird’s Eye View Project and led by Purple Heart Recipient, former Navy SEAL and extreme sports enthusiast, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott. An All Veteran Group parachute team will tandem skydive a veteran from each war – World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan War & Iraq War, as well as September 11 – and land on the Museum and Memorial’s North Lawn. Parrott will cap off the event with a symbolic WWI Soldier & “Missing Man” BASE Jump from the 217-foot Liberty Memorial tower.
When: 10 am
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Memorial Courtyard
What: Join us for a moving ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans with a keynote address from Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Mayor Quinton Lucas will deliver a special reading. This year’s abbreviated ceremony will be outdoors to ensure we can celebrate our veterans safely. Please dress warmly, practice social distancing and wear a mask. FREE to the public.

When: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Memorial Courtyard and Paul Sunderland Bridge
What: History is brought to life with our Living History Volunteers who will be available for social distanced pictures. FREE to the public.

When: 11 am 
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, North Lawn
What: For 24 years, Cars 4 Heroes has provided free, basic, reliable transportation to Veterans, First Responders and their families, that otherwise are not able to obtain transportation for themselves. Join us for a moving ceremony as the organization hands over the keys of 11 cars to deserving individuals.

When: 2 pm 
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Memorial Courtyard
What: More than 100 new Walk of Honor granite bricks will be dedicated during a special ceremony. The Walk of Honor is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends, family or organizations. Walk of Honor bricks are dedicated twice each year during Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. FREE to the public.

When: 3 - 5 pm
Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial, Southeast Lawn
What: At a time when audiences cannot visit indoor venues, the Symphony is taking the music on the road to reach music lovers and families in every corner of the metropolitan area. Kansas City Symphony’s new outdoor stage on wheels, the Mobile Music Box, will be on the Museum and Memorial's Southeast Lawn for a 3 pm performance. FREE to the public. 

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