Memorial Day events begin Friday and culminate with Liberty Memorial ceremonies Monday

05/22/2014 4:32 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

The annual Memorial Day observance at the Liberty Memorial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday on the deck at the National World War I Museum.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Mayor Sly James of Kansas City are expected to be among the speakers. The museum will be open until 5 p.m. with discounted admission for active duty and retired career military. Free parking and a shuttle service will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to and from the surface lots at Grand Boulevard and 27th Street.

The Walk of Honor dedication ceremony will be at 1 p.m.

Vintage military vehicles will be on display Saturday and Sunday on the grounds. Architect Susan Richards Johnson will give a free talk on the restoration of the Liberty Memorial at 1 p.m. Saturday in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium.

Union Station will honor service members past and present in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday under the clock in the Grand Hall. The program will include the donation of World War II military uniforms by Art and Rosemary Walsh, both 93, of Overland Park. Both served in the military.

Union Cemetery will hold its Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Saturday at the flagpole in the center of the cemetery south of Crown Center.

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