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Landon Rowland (1937-2015)

Region Mourns Loss of Civic Leader

Posted: January 7, 2016 - 9:52am

Landon Rowland, one of the most respected and civic-minded leaders in the Kansas City region, passed away on Dec. 28, 2015.

“Landon inevitably challenged my ideas and encouraged me to think bigger and bolder,” said National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “He understood the significance of history and our place in it – locally and on the global stage. He was able to see a vision for the work of the Museum and Memorial that places Kansas City squarely on the global stage, fulfilling a mission imagined at the inception of Liberty Memorial. He served as an inspiration for the entire Kansas City community and will be sorely missed.”  Read More

Douglas Hamilton

Donor Spotlight

Posted: December 1, 2015 - 10:30am

DouglasHamilton is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired university professor in upstate New York. Years ago he read in VFW Magazine about a proposed new museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, and decided to drop by on his way to Colorado. Construction was under way, and he remembers having to wear a hard hat as he walked around. After that visit, he became a Patron Member of the Museum and purchased Walk of Honor bricks honoring his father and his uncle, both veterans of the First World War. His uncle served in the U.S. Army and was gassed in France. His father was a machinist’s mate on the oiler U.S.S. Maumee (AO-2).   Read More

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Donor Spotlight

Posted: October 20, 2015 - 1:20pm

TheCombat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) is a national organization of motorcycle enthusiasts formed to support and defend those who have served the United States as members of the armed forces in combat. Tim Coach, the CVMA’s representative in Kansas City, is employed by Results Technology, a company that provides valuable IT consulting and computer support services to the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

This year, the CVMA held its annual convention in Kansas City. On June 26, as a highlight of the convention’s activities, the CVMA sponsored a group ride by more than 1,000 motorcyclists to the Museum, where the motorcyclists participated in a wreath-laying ceremony.  Read More

Allied Materials

Donor Spotlight

Posted: October 15, 2015 - 10:36am

AlliedMaterials & Equipment Co. is an American manufacturer and government contractor located in Kansas City, Mo. Among its products are flags. Allied has manufactured American flags for more than 15 years, and because the United States government is the largest purchaser of its flags, they are produced to the exacting standards of the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and the Veterans Administration. American flags produced by Allied are flown over the United States Capitol, after which they are used to commemorate special occasions or presented as gifts of appreciation with a certificate of authenticity from the architect of the Capitol.  Read More

Sosland Family

Donor Spotlight

Posted: August 10, 2015 - 12:14pm

TheSosland family of Kansas City has contributed more than its share of military service to the nation. When Morton Sosland joined the U.S. Army in 1943, he was first sent to Fort Riley in Kansas and the Horse Cavalry. After basic training, he helped train American troops for combat with horses, including firing pistols from horseback. When the mounted cavalry was deactivated in 1944, he was shipped to Europe in a Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized). After a bit of the Battle of the Bulge, he crossed the Rhine with General Patton’s army.

After the German surrender he was returned with his division to the United States and put on a train that sped nonstop across the country to the west coast to prepare for the invasion of Japan. When they arrived, they were told they would be among the first ashore, but the Japanese surrender made that unnecessary. Other Soslands who served included Mr. Sosland’s uncle, Louis, who was also in the Army during World War II, and his younger brother, Neil, who joined the Army during the Korean War.  Read More

Nelson Emery

Donor Spotlight

Posted: July 13, 2015 - 5:24pm

NelsonEmery lives in Sims, Arkansas. His father, Master Sergeant Marion Emery (1895-1986), was born and grew up in Story, Ark. He joined the United States Army in 1912, and retired in 1945 after defending his country in two world wars. Mr. Emery and his family have dedicated a memorial brick in honor of his father on the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s Walk of Honor. He and his family are members of the Museum, and try to visit the Museum whenever they are in Kansas City.   Read More

Honoring Military History and Social Change

Donor Spotlights: How Others Have Supported the Museum

Posted: February 21, 2014 - 10:30am

The National World War I Museum holds a different meaning for each individual passing through our doors. According to Ronald Magee of Parkville, Mo., “History is exceedingly important and not just the war, but everything about this period.” He recognizes the Centennial Commemoration of World War I is quickly approaching and will shed a new light on the Great War. He says he feels a deep sense of connection to the Museum through his respect for history and his own military service.  Read More

Answering the Call

Donor Spotlights: How Others Have Supported the Museum

Posted: February 20, 2014 - 9:45am

There is strong sense of connection to the collection at the National World War I Museum for Mr. Brett Borg, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. Borg’s grandfather, Albert V. Borg, served in the United States Army towards the conclusion of the Great War. Mr. Borg says his grandfather “joined the Army late in the war.” He began his training and was prepared to serve his country; however, he remained in the United States for the duration of his service.  Read More