In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace

Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I
April 6, 2017

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is honored to host America's national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States' entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, will be held on April 6, 2017 at the Museum.

The national commemorative ceremony will tell the compelling story of the U.S decision to enter into the Great War through a unique multi-media program including significant and representative American writings of a century ago, including selections from speeches, journalism, literature and poetry, as well as performances of important music of the time. Invited participants and guests include the President of the United States, international Heads of State and diplomats, military leaders, veterans’ organizations, and national and state elected officials. Information on entrance times, prohibited items, ceremony schedule, and more is available here.


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Media Information and Credentials

Educator Resources

Watch the livestream

YouTube livestream of the ceremony will be viewable
starting at 10 a.m. CDT on April 6, 2017

Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2004 as the official museum dedicated to WWI and in 2014 as America’s National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Museum is uniquely positioned to host the official Commission event. Read the full press release


The Museum will be closed on Wednesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 6, in conjunction with preparations for the ceremony.




Founding Sponsor

Pritzker Military Museum and Library

Presenting Sponsor

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Generously Sponsored by

The American Legion
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Lockton Companies

Kansas City Southern Railway  •  Ash Grove Cement Company
Burns & McDonnell  •  Commerce Bank
James B. Nutter & Co.  •  UMB
DST Systems Inc.  •  The Illig Family Foundation
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