Memorial Day 2021

Friday-Monday, May 28-31, 2021

As America’s Congressionally-designated World War I museum and memorial, the National WWI Museum and Memorial honors and recognizes the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country in conjunction with Memorial Day.

Admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 28-31). The Museum and Memorial offers several events during the course of the weekend for people of all ages and interests, including a free public ceremony on Memorial Day.

 More information on Memorial Day events and activities for 2021 will be available soon.

Memorial Day 2020
Honoring Those Who Served

In 2020, the Museum and Memorial offered a modified program in conjunction with the continued social distancing measures due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus. While the Museum closed, three moving ceremonies were streamed online to help the public pay respect to those who bravely served. The grounds of the Museum and Memorial remained open to the public and featured a striking display of U.S. flags in recognition of veteran suicide.


When: 10 a.m.; Monday, May 25, 2020
Where: Free online stream
What: A moving program to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice featuring remarks from dignitaries such as Missouri U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, Sporting KC star Khiry Shelton, musical performances from Kansas City native and Nashville recording artist Casi Joy (NBC’s “The Voice”) and much more.


When: Noon; Monday, May 25, 2020
Where: Free online stream
What: We commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a bell tolling ceremony. The bell used for this ceremony was originally located at a federal building in downtown Kansas City and was rung daily by the Daughters of the American Revolution during U.S. involvement in WWI (1917-1918). It was also tolled 11 times at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1926 during the dedication ceremony of the Liberty Memorial and again on Nov. 11, 2018 to commemorate the centennial of the WWI armistice.


When: 2 p.m.; Monday, May 25, 2020
Where: Free online stream
What: Nearly 100 new Walk of Honor granite bricks were dedicated during a special ceremony. The Walk of Honor is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends, family or organizations. Walk of Honor bricks are dedicated twice each year during Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.


When: All Day; Thursday-Monday, May 14-25, 2020
Where: Memorial Mall at the National WWI Museum and Memorial
What: The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that every 72 minutes, a service member takes his or her own life. This moving display of 140 U.S. flags called attention to the fact that 140 veterans are lost to suicide every week.