The Traveling Vietnam Wall, a 400-foot replica of the Vietnam memorial in Washington, will be set up on the southeast lawn of the Liberty Memorial this weekend as part of Memorial Day events.
The wall will open with a 6 p.m. ceremony Friday and will be accessible through 3 p.m. Monday. Daily ceremonies will be held at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The traditional Memorial Day ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday on the deck of the Liberty Memorial, followed by a Walk of Honor brick dedication at 1 p.m.
Admission to the National World War I Museum will be free Monday.
A shuttle service will operate Saturday through Monday from the parking garage behind Union Station.
Also on the lawn will be a display of military vehicles, including a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam period.
Donations of gently used clothing, shoes and household items for disabled veterans will be collected in the loop drive south of the memorial from Saturday to Monday.
Also on the schedule:
▪ A pancake breakfast to benefit the museum will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the museum’s cafeteria.
▪ An opportunity to handle artifacts from World War I will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday inside the main museum gallery.
▪ A program exploring the role Vietnam played in World War I will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium lobby. Reservations are required.
▪ Author Linda Granfield will give two presentations on the poppy as a symbol of World War I at 6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The talks are free, but reservations are required.
▪ Museum curator Doran Cart will talk about the museum and memorial at 1 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium. Reservations are required.
To make reservations or for more information, go to theworldwar.org/memorialday2015.
The Celebration at the Station concert by the Kansas City Symphony will be at 8 p.m. Sunday in front of Union Station, with fireworks afterward.