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Congress OKs KC as National World War I Museum and Memorial

(Washington) U.S. Congressman Sam Graves co-sponsored a bill approved by Congress on Wednesday that makes the Liberty Memorial the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  H.R. 6364, The Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act, also establishes a commission to guide the upcoming centennial of the war and its end.

“North Missouri has deep ties to World War I,” said Graves. “From ‘Black Jack’ Pershing to Frank Buckles, the Sixth Congressional District was home to thousands of men who served their country admirably. I’m glad that the World War I Centennial will bring people from all over the world to Missouri.”

The Liberty Memorial is the only major memorial and museum dedicated to the war in the country. The Memorial was the site where all of the Supreme Allied Commanders gathered for the only time in history on November 1st, 1921.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to every soldier who served in the war to end all wars,” said Graves. “Our obligation to history is to remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom and avoid the mistakes that made it necessary.”

John J. Pershing was born in Laclede in Linn County. “Black Jack” Pershing commanded the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) of World War I. The AEF fought alongside British and French allies on the Western front.

Frank Buckles was a native of Harrison County. He was the last of the fabled “doughboys” who served their country in Europe. He lived to be 110 and passed away in February 2011.


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