Yesterday, we took a little trip into Kansas City to see the World War 1 Museum. I had never heard of a World War 1 Museum and find it odd that there aren’t more of them. At times it was interesting walking through, seeing all of the old pistols, heavy artillery and uniforms. However, some areas were more difficult to bare than others. The quotes on the wall about how fire was not hell, mud was hell. The mud in the trenches that would consume the soldiers pulling off their clothes at times and burying the others that were too wounded to free themselves. It was powerful for both my wife and I, as we have deployed two times in support of the current war and never have we ever had to experience anything even remotely close to World War 1. As you walk in, you cross a glass bridge that overlooks 9,000 Poppy plants. Each one represents 1,000 combatant casualties 9,000,000 lives lost. The thought sickens me, such is the strife of war I guess.
Despite the even hard to bare information, there is plenty to see in this museum, you could literally spend all day there. KC has done an excellent job making this museum a must see attraction. There is much to learn spread over every ounce of space in the museum. I even had the luxury of seeing the old Uncle Sam poster, pointing his finger at you, sayin’ “I WANT YOU FOR U.S. ARMY”. I love that poster. When I first enlisted in the Air Guard the recruiters were looking for recruiting ideas around the base. I made my own version of the old Uncle Sam Poster, let’s just say… that didn’t go over too well for me!
There is a monument built on top of the museum. It was constructed in 1926 and has the absolute best view of Kansas City. It is a 217 foot tower that overlooks the heart of KCMO. If you don’t mind a short elevator ride and 45 more stairs it is completely worth it.