In 1921, the Board of City Commissioners of Kansas City, Kansas approved a proposal to erect a memorial building dedicated to the soldiers and sailors who served in World War I. The architecture firm of Rose and Peterson was selected for the project. On May 14, 1923 a parade from City Hall to the memorial site at North Seventh Street between Barnett and Tauromee Avenues was followed by a 17 gun salute and ceremony. Distinguished veterans from three different wars – Captain W.H. Ward of the Civil War, William B. Trembley of the Spanish-American War, and Frank Stillwell from World War I – helped break ground. The memorial was completed in 1925, and has served as a civic structure ever since. Beginning in the mid-1990’s and up until the present, IAA has had the pleasure of helping to restore this local monument, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
We hope you have a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend, and are able to get out and visit one of your great local memorials!