One would hope that you might take part in Veterans Day observances in your own community, but if you are in the Kansas City area the National World War I Museum and Memorial have another full schedule for the weekend:

Friday, Nov. 11, All Day

Veterans Day

Honor veterans on this special day as the Museum hosts a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. featuring dignitaries, performances from the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Wind Ensemble and a keynote address from Assistant Chief of Staff at the Army Reserve Affairs Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth Col. Norma J. Bradford. Nearly 100 new bricks will be dedicated as part of the free Walk of Honor Ceremony at 2 p.m.

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And on Saturday evening, you can catch folk musician John McCutcheon.  McCutcheon wrote “Christmas in the Trenches,” about the Truce of 1914:

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

John McCutcheon in Concert

Legendary folk musician John McCutcheon performs songs from his expansive catalog live in this not-to be missed Veterans Day holiday event. McCutcheon will captivate the audience in this one-night only concert as he presents music, stories and remembrances.
Tickets are $25 for the public and $22 for Museum and Cross Currents Members | J.C. Nichols Auditorium


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.