Jan 02 2013

Senator Blunt Applauds Passage Of Bill Establishing Kansas City-Based WWI Centennial Commission

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation to establish a 12-member Centennial World War I Commission that will be based at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by Blunt and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) in the Senate, was co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.) in the House.

“I’m glad the House has passed this bill, which will help Kansas City remain a focal point in the study of World War I,” Blunt said. “Missourians are deeply proud of our World War I heroes, and it is only fitting to make the site of America’s World War I Museum the home base for the Centennial celebration.”

The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is the only museum in the country solely dedicated to telling the story of World War I and the global events which took place between 1914 and 1918.

This bill will give America’s World War I museum the opportunity to be a focal point in the planning and development of activities which encompass the centennial of World War I. While the commission will spend a significant amount of time at the Museum in Kansas City, the members will be appointed from across the country.

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