Congressman Cleaver Pleased to Welcome Over 4,000 to WWICC

Apr 3, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to welcome an expected 4,000 people to the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the upcoming April 6, 2017 World War I Centennial Commemoration – one of the largest gatherings of international dignitaries outside of a United Nations meeting in our nation’s history.

Over 25 nations have confirmed their attendance including countries such as France, Belguim, the United Kingdom, Italy and others. International countries will be represented by Ambassadors, Members of Parliament, and other officials. The United States will be represented by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva, Secretary of the Army Robert Speer, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Mayor Sly James, prominent WWI descendants, and many others. The event is FREE to the public, but interested individuals are required to request a ticket at Due to overwhelming demand, the WWI Centennial Commission has already made an additional 500 public tickets available.

“This will be the largest assembly of foreign dignitaries in Kansas City’s history, to recognize and remember the United States’ decision to enter into World War I a century ago,” said Congressman Cleaver.

The Patrouille de France, the French Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team (counterparts to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds), will perform a flyover as a tribute to America’s involvement in WWI. The Patrouille de France have not been to the United States in over 30 years. Members of the French flight crew will arrive in Kansas City on April 5, 2017.

The ceremony being held in Kansas City serves as affirmation of Congressman Cleaver’s long-standing commitment to continuing to honor veterans of World War I. The Congressman serves as an Honorary Host of the event.

“I fought for the creation of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission years ago because I know how important it is to honor our veterans - to never forget what they sacrificed for our country and other nations,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I couldn’t be happier that the WWI Commission has decided to commemorate this historic event right here in Missouri’s Fifth District.”

Media and press registration is crucial as security will be heightened due to the presence of a large number of international dignitaries. Media credentialing is available at under Media Resources, Request credentials. Congressman Cleaver is also available for comments both before and after the event. Please contact Heather Frierson at or 816-842-4545.

WHAT: The national ceremony commemorating the 100th year of the United States Entry into World War I “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I”

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:00 a.m. CST Prelude and Pre-Ceremony 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST Ceremony

WHERE: National World War I Museum and Memorial 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108 Media parking available upon registration

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.