Marking History: Signs placed at WWI monuments around Kansas City

September 13, 2018 - 11:43 am

Kansas City, MO - There's more than one World War One monument in Kansas City. Did you know?

There is, of course, the big one.  The Liberty Memorial that rises high over Midtown as the National World War I Museum and Memorial of the United States.  

But there are more. Nearly two dozen are sprinkled around the KC Metro.  Most are barely noticed.

"We are here to bring attention to them," said Jocelyn Ball-Edson, a member of the Adopt a Monument committee with the City of Fountains Foundation.  

She is leading an effort to place sign markers on each of the WWI monuments around town.

Effort underway to highlight all #WWI monuments around #KansasCity Metro ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the war this November.

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"I think it also personalizes the 'plaque on a rock', makes it more important to people, by telling the stories of these individuals and showing their human side," she said.

During a gathering at a monument in Gillham Park at 41st and Gillham Rd., Ball-Edson told the story of Major William Bland, a Kansas City resident who died in the war. 

The signs will remain up at monuments around town until November, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.


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