Friday, February 19, 2016
Today, in keeping with my intention to be a tourist in my hometown
Known locally as the Liberty Memorial.
I don't know much about World War I - or rather I didn't as I learned quite a bit today.
I will never be an expert but at least I know more than I did.
I was most impressed that they didn't just report the US story but made a real effort to tell the whole story.
Panels told the story by main events each month through the years of the war. Panels like
I picked this one specially as the photo of all the smiling lads was of the Anzacs when they arrived in Paris. They had previously been mentioned in Galliopli and as having escorted merchant ships.
After Paris they were swallowed by the British forces.
But this is what I mean about telling the whole story.
They have lots of "Stuff" aka artifacts. Guns, artillery pieces, knives, grenades, even two planes! There are uniforms and more uniforms, and more uniforms! There is a life-size trench that runs the length of one exhibit hall!
Exhibits on the US home front included this
The blue stars are for those serving and there are names in all the white spaces.
It is extremely threadbare, almost as if it is made of silk and the silk shattered.
The most heart-wrenching part is the entrance/exit.
A glass bridge over a field of poppies.
When you are in Kansas City I would highly recommend a visit here, it is well worth the time.