Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Kansas Loyalty Day

Here’s an event that took place yesterday — our apologies, but we didn’t quite get word of the event fast enough to post it here.  As a World War I centennial observance, we do want to give credit where credit is due.

Loyalty Day was observed at the Rosedale Arch in Kansas City, KS yesterday.  For the uninformed, here is a description of Loyalty Day:

“It was officially recognized by the U.S. Congress on April 27, 1955, and made an official reoccurring holiday on July 18, 1958 (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1955, the first official observance of Loyalty Day.  Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception in 1958.   The proclamation invites the people of the United States to observe Loyalty Day with appropriate ceremonies in schools and other suitable places. “

“Rosedale neighborhood’s WWI Memorial Arch has been selected by the department of Kansas, VFW, 2nd District as the site for the 2018 Loyalty Day Celebration for the greater Kansas City Metro Area, 10am-12pm,  April 28, 2018.”

For more information, see the website:

And for good measure, see the previous post:


Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.

1 Comment

  1. Greg Goode

    Hi, We sent out a press release…we will get you on the distro for next year.

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