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Taps at the Tower: A WWI Museum & Memorial Experience

Posted June 11, 2017 8:27pm by Jane

Last summer, my family and I inadvertently stumbled upon what we now consider a treasured memory: Taps at the Tower at the The National World War I Museum and Memorial. After a picnic dinner on the grounds of Liberty Memorial, we gathered with a group of all generations – from WWII veterans to young babies – to honor those who have served our country.

It was a meaningful experience for our children, who had the opportunity to talk to and learn from veterans and active military personnel alike. More important – and less tangible – was the strong feel of community that pervaded the ceremony. After many post-ceremony smiles and conversations with other guests, my husband and I left feeling inspired from participating in something bigger than ourselves – or our family unit for that matter.

Now in its fourth year, this moving and educational experience takes place June 18-24, 2017. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening on the grounds, followed by a brief Taps ceremony at sunset (8:45pm). Taps at the Tower links the simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the patriotic symbolism of the Liberty Memorial and features a range of special performances from buglers/trumpeters, color guards and community leaders.

The WWI Museum is also hosting other kid-friendly events this month, including:

  • June 14: At 2pm, there is a public tour of the main gallery specifically designed for children ages 12 years and under.
  • June 17: At 11am, kids can learn about the role of Spain in World War I with The Story of Ferdinand during Story Time.
  • June 21: Before Taps at the Tower, at 7:30pm, kids can enjoy a special evening Story Time with Pierre the Trench Rat and his animal friends.
  • Weekly: The museum offers its Hands-on History program every Saturday at 2pm, where children of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
  • Daily: The museum also has other interactive activities available on a regular basis, and we have found the docents are very patient and good about explaining history in a way kids can understand.

My family can’t wait to go back this year…we hope to see some KC Kids Fun friends out there too!

Photos courtesy of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

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