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Sobering National WW1 Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

Missouri sent a disproportionate number of soldiers to the war; the novel (and movie) All Quiet on the Western Front was written by a German soldier who emigrated to the US and married actress Paulette Goddard

Missouri sent a disproportionate number of soldiers to the war; the novel (and movie) All Quiet on the Western Front was written by a German soldier who emigrated to the US and married actress Paulette Goddard

This iconic poster featuring Uncle Sam is actually a self-portrait of the artist, James Montgomery Flagg; 90,000 soldiers were killed by chemical weapons in WW1 since rudimentary gas masks were often ineffective

This iconic poster featuring Uncle Sam is actually a self-portrait of the artist, James Montgomery Flagg; 90,000 soldiers were killed by chemical weapons in WW1 since rudimentary gas masks were often ineffective

The airplane, having just been invented in 1903. was a novelty when fighting began; eventually machine guns were mounted on the planes and synchronized to shoot through the propellers

The airplane, having just been invented in 1903. was a novelty when fighting began; eventually machine guns were mounted on the planes and synchronized to shoot through the propellers

This French-made Renault FT17 tank was the first tank with a fully rotating turret; although in combat for only seven months, around 116,000 US soldiers were killed and 204,000 were injured

This French-made Renault FT17 tank was the first tank with a fully rotating turret; although in combat for only seven months, around 116,000 US soldiers were killed and 204,000 were injured

This Mark IV mine, dated April 17, 1917, would explode when contact was made with a steel hull; the Allies laid what is known as the North Sea Barrage, a minefield that extended 250 miles from Scotland to Norway in 1918

This Mark IV mine, dated April 17, 1917, would explode when contact was made with a steel hull; the Allies laid what is known as the North Sea Barrage, a minefield that extended 250 miles from Scotland to Norway in 1918

This Aussie military uniform was worn by the men fighting in Gallipoli, Turkey; having visiting the battle site in Gallipoli, you get a true sense of the futility ANZAC soldiers must have experienced

This Aussie military uniform was worn by the men fighting in Gallipoli, Turkey; having visiting the battle site in Gallipoli, you get a true sense of the futility ANZAC soldiers must have experienced

This flag flew over the US Capitol on April 2, 1917 when President Wilson delivered his war message to a joint session of Congress; ironically, "He kept us out of war" was the slogan Woodrow Wilson adopted when he ran for his second term in office

This flag flew over the US Capitol on April 2, 1917 when President Wilson delivered his war message to a joint session of Congress; ironically, "He kept us out of war" was the slogan Woodrow Wilson adopted when he ran for his second term in office

The Army ordered 12,000 of these 1918 Ford Model T light delivery trucks; they had 20 horsepower, a 1000 lb load capacity, a front crank to start it by hand and an early form of automatic transmission

The Army ordered 12,000 of these 1918 Ford Model T light delivery trucks; they had 20 horsepower, a 1000 lb load capacity, a front crank to start it by hand and an early form of automatic transmission

This Whitehead torpedo was made in the US and used on British, French, Russian and Japanese submarines; it could travel 28 knots with a range of 13,500 yards

This Whitehead torpedo was made in the US and used on British, French, Russian and Japanese submarines; it could travel 28 knots with a range of 13,500 yards

The French Hotchkiss machine gun was fed by 30-shot metal strips with a range of 4000 yds; in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial on November 1, 1921, were 200,000 people, including then-Vice President Calvin Coolidge

The French Hotchkiss machine gun was fed by 30-shot metal strips with a range of 4000 yds; in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial on November 1, 1921, were 200,000 people, including then-Vice President Calvin Coolidge

I was surprised to see so many countries that were able to remain neutral throughout the war; admission to the museum is a hefty $18 although parking was free

I was surprised to see so many countries that were able to remain neutral throughout the war; admission to the museum is a hefty $18 although parking was free

To enter the WW1 Memorial you cross a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths

To enter the WW1 Memorial you cross a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths

This German half liter beer stein, one of thousands of artifacts on display, was owned by a musketeer named Stohr; normally you can go to the top of the Liberty Memorial for great views but it's closed now

This German half liter beer stein, one of thousands of artifacts on display, was owned by a musketeer named Stohr; normally you can go to the top of the Liberty Memorial for great views but it's closed now

Snowshoes worn by Italian soldiers in the Alps!; at the Memorial's dedication in 1921, the local veteran chosen to present flags to the commanders attending was a Kansas City haberdasher, Harry S. Truman

Snowshoes worn by Italian soldiers in the Alps!; at the Memorial's dedication in 1921, the local veteran chosen to present flags to the commanders attending was a Kansas City haberdasher, Harry S. Truman

The US supplied 20,000  1917 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the war effort for use in reconnaissance, medic operations and communications; this was the first year olive drab was used as a paint color

The US supplied 20,000+ 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the war effort for use in reconnaissance, medic operations and communications; this was the first year olive drab was used as a paint color

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