Taps at the Tower
June 16-22, 2019 at Sunset
Taps, a musical piece sounded at dusk and at funerals, has a rich and storied history in the United States. It has long been associated with the U.S. Military, and is often played at civilian events around the country.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial presents the sixth annual Taps at the Tower each evening at sunset (8:45 p.m.) from Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22, 2019. Taps at the Tower links the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial.
People are invited to come and use the grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset, people will gather at the Liberty Memorial Tower to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. The event will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Paul Sunderland Bridge inside the Museum and Memorial.
For the first time, guests are invited to ascend to the top of the Tower following the ceremony each evening to enjoy striking and beautiful panoramic views of Kansas City (weather permitting). There is no charge to go to the top of the Tower after the ceremony (donations are welcome), but guests should be in line by 9:45 p.m. each evening.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is a civic pillar in Kansas City, and is a point of pride to the people in the region. Rising from patriotic and citizen initiative, the Memorial is a gathering place for ceremonies and memorials that honor those who served the nation.
The Museum and Memorial is also offering the chance to the public to win a $100 prize package! Attendees need only share their photos of an evening of Taps at the Tower to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TapsAtTheTower for a chance to win. The winner will be notified at the conclusion of the week-long event