KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The World War I Museum will open its doors to the public for free Wednesday and give everyone a chance to see the great artifacts they’ve collected from World War I and learn more about the sacrifices so many men and women have made for the U.S. in honor of Veteran’s Day.
11 years ago, Congress declared the museum the nation’s official World War I Museum, and it is home to so many artifacts from the Great War including weapons, uniforms, tanks, and other items.
Veteran’s Day actually derives from World War I.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day since fighting ended on the eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
It didn’t become Veteran’s Day until 1954, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation honoring all war veterans, not just those who fought in World War I.
Besides being free all day, there will be a ceremony 10 a.m. in the auditorium to honor local vets.
There is also a clothing drive for disabled vets. To learn more, go to https://theworldwar.org/.