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Kansas City set for national WWI centennial observance

  • FILE - In this May 26, 2014 file photo, visitors look at memorial bricks after a Memorial Day observance at the National World War Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. Foreign dignitaries from around the globe are converging on Kansas City, Missouri, and its towering World War I monument to observe the centennial of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." A sellout gathering of 3,000 onlookers also have snapped up tickets for the daylong observance Thursday, April 6, 2017,  titled "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this May 26, 2014 file photo, visitors look at memorial bricks after a Memorial Day observance at the National World War Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. Foreign dignitaries from around the globe are converging on Kansas City, Missouri, and its towering World War I monument to observe the centennial of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." A sellout gathering of 3,000 onlookers also have snapped up tickets for the daylong observance Thursday, April 6, 2017, titled "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace." (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • The sun rises over the nation's official WWI monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    The sun rises over the nation's official WWI monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers prepare for ceremonies from top of the nation's official WWI monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Workers prepare for ceremonies from top of the nation's official WWI monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War." (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)  (The Associated Press)

Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City, Missouri, and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War."

A sellout crowd of 3,000 onlookers also snapped up tickets for the daylong observance Thursday titled, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace."

The event on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial — the nation's official WWI monument — will feature patriotic music, speeches and readings from the time America declared war on Germany.

As president and CEO of the city's National World War I Museum and Memorial, Matt Naylor says Thursday's event that's been years in the making "is commemorating, not celebrating" the day the U.S. was drawn into war.