Pershing Legacy Society

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“The people of Kansas City, Missouri, are deeply proud of this beautiful memorial, erected in tribute to the patriotism, the gallant achievements, and the heroic sacrifices of their sons and daughters who served in the country's armed forces during the World War. It symbolizes their grateful appreciation of duty well done, an appreciation which I share, because I know so well how richly it is merited.

“This memorial also symbolizes the obligation that rests upon present and future generations to preserve that for which those men and women offered their all, and from many of whom the supreme sacrifice was accepted. May their memory live on, and may every American who looks upon this noble edifice be inspired by their devotion.”
– John J. Pershing

What is the Pershing Legacy Society?

The Pershing Legacy Society honors those who have included the National World War I Museum and Memorial in their estate plans. Often the most transformational gifts can be made through estate plans. Planned gifts are an opportunity to build a legacy, and invest in those values and missions that are deeply personal and really matter. By supporting the nation’s World War I museum and memorial in your planned gifts and estate plans, you will become a member of the Pershing Legacy Society, and be permanently recognized in all Society listings. Donors who join the Society before 2019 will be honored as Founding Members.

Who is John J. Pershing?

John J. Pershing Portrait
General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (Sept. 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948), led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. He was regarded as a mentor by the generation of American generals who led the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, including George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton. General Pershing is the only person, while still alive, to rise to General of the Armies—the highest rank ever held in the United States Army. Born on a farm near Laclede, Mo., Pershing was a West Point graduate and instructor. His legacy is still felt today.

Is there a minimum planned gift to become a member of the Pershing Legacy Society?

No, there is no minimum nor maximum for making a planned gift to the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated.

How Can I contribute to the Pershing Legacy Society?

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is a 501c(3) non-profit organization which relies on public support. You can support the Museum in numerous ways. You can make a gift of stock, set aside part of your 401(k) or life insurance policy, make a life-income gift or name the Museum in your estate plans through a bequest or estate trust. Additional giving opportunities include real estate, charitable bargain sales, donor advised funds and cash donations. Additional information on bequests, wills, trusts and information needed to contribute to the Museum.

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At the National World War I Museum and Memorial, all unrestricted charitable gifts are used strategically to support critical Museum priorities. If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us to ensure we can meet your wishes. Whether you choose to restrict a gift or not, your support will help provide the means for future generations to experience the Museum.

If you have questions or if you would like to receive additional information, contact Debbie Bass at 816.888.8106 or

Harold Hall Portrait“Giving of yourself is very important. Giving your wealth is even more important. That’s really all you can do.”

– Harold Hall, Pershing Legacy Society Founding Member, courtesy of the Mary E. and Harold H. Hall Foundation through Truman Heartland Community Foundation