Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters Citizen Soldier Statue

From parades and performances to celebrations at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City celebrates and honors Veterans Day with a wide variety of regional events.

Veterans Day 2017: Generations of Service

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Several events and discounts headline Veterans Day weekend at the National World War I Museum and Memorial:

  • Free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel; half-price admission for the general public (Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12)
  • Free public ceremony featuring several notable guests, including Mayor Sly James (Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.)
  • “Walk of Honor” Brick dedication (Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.)
  • Plenty of other exhibits and experiences

Friday–Sunday, Nov. 10–12

Veterans Day Celebration

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Patriotic performances, exhibits and activities highlight this Overland Park festivity, including an air show, helicopters on display, food trucks and more.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade

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Travel less than 45 minutes northwest of Downtown KC to Leavenworth, Kan., where you’ll find the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River—the oldest observance of the holiday in the country.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Kansas City Zoo

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All military personnel (veterans and active duty) and their families can enjoy the Kansas City Zoo free of charge, all day long.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m

Veterans Day 5K

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Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement at Zona Rosa to participate in this patriotic event honoring veterans.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 7–9 a.m.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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Independence is home to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, where visitors are welcome to attend a special reading of “Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World,” from notable author and British politician Lord Watson of Richmond. 

Saturday, Nov. 11, 10–11:30 a.m.

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