Congressman Cleaver Announces Winning Design Selected for World War I Memorial in DC

Jan 28, 2016
Press Release

Congresman Cleaver joins World War I reenactors at the World War I Centennial Commission's announcement on Tuesday.

Congressman Cleaver joins World War I reenactors at the World War I Centennial Commission's announcement on Tuesday.

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission presented its selection for a second national WWI memorial to be constructed at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. The winning design for the WWI memorial, is entitled "The Weight of Sacrifice" by Joseph Weishaar and Sabin Howard. More information can be found at

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II participated in the announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

“The announcement of the winning design brings us one step closer to fulfilling something, 100 years, long overdue in constructing a memorial to honor the brave veterans of WWI in our nation’s capital. Congratulations to the winning design team, I look forward to working with you and the Commission on this project,” said Rep. Cleaver.

Previously recognized by Congress as America's official WWI Museum, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, located in Kansas City, Missouri, received national memorial designation in legislation passed by Congress initiated by Rep. Cleaver. The same status was also granted in that legislation to the future memorial at Pershing Park. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America's leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The museum holds the most diverse collection of WWI objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war.

"The National World War I Museum and Memorial applauds the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission for their diligent efforts to create another national memorial to the 4.7 million Americans who bravely served in the Great War. Like the existing national memorial in Kansas City, upon its completion, the new memorial in Washington, D.C., will play a crucial role in educating the public about the Great War's profound and enduring impact. Given the richness of history in the region, it's absolutely fitting that a national memorial exist in Washington, D.C.," said the National World War I Museum and Memorial President & CEO, Dr. Matthew Naylor.

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.

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