Admission to the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial will be free Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day.
A ceremony at 10 a.m. in the auditorium will feature an address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg, who has written a new biography of President Woodrow Wilson. At 6:30 p.m., Berg will discuss Wilson’s quest for peace in the wake of World War I. A book signing will follow.
Free parking and a shuttle service from Union Station will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Authors Jay Winter, John Milton Cooper and Michael Neiberg will discuss lessons to be learned from World War I at a free event at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the museum’s J.C. Nichols Auditorium.
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At 2 p.m. Sunday, Park University students will present a dramatic theater production marking the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce on the Western Front. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 18.
A free program on poetry and the experience of Native American soldiers in World War I will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday by author Gerald Vizenor. A book signing will follow.
The Italian ambassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, will visit the Liberty Memorial for a private event before the public opening Nov. 18 of a temporary exhibit, “War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I.” It will be the first time the exhibit has been shown outside Italy.
Go to theworldwar.org for more information.
Other area Veterans Day events:
▪ The annual Veterans Day parade in Leavenworth will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fourth and Cherokee streets. There are 170 committed entries. The grand marshal is Army veteran David R. Thomas.
▪ A Veterans Day program from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s Blue Sky Restaurant, 13800 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, will include a performance by the Tallgrass Creek Chorale.
▪ A ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd Street and quivira Road in Lenexa. An American Legion band will perform at 1:30 p.m.
▪ A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fairview Cemetery, Terrace Avenue and Shrader Street in Liberty.