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curiousKC | A Selection of Flatland’s Memorial Day Stories to Mark the Holiday

Honoring Those Who Died in War By Sharing Their Stories

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Above image credit: Six days after Armistice Day, Fred Nason Furber, an aerial observer during World War I, described in a letter to his family how the fighting continued to the very end. (Courtesy | National World War I Museum and Memorial.)

As the name suggests, Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memory of those in the military who died during service. 

In Kansas City, the National World War I Museum and Memorial provides links to see the names of Kansas Citians who died in wars, such as the Great War, which you can see here. The museum’s collections database is accessed here, serving as a portal to the history of military personnel who once lived in the region.

For families whose histories are not yet acknowledged, there are ways for folks to add to the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project. Click here.

Throughout the history of conflicts involving the U.S., there are numerous other stories to share, many of which Flatland reporters have highlighted over the years. Consider this your guide this Memorial Day to either contribute to or soak in histories. 

Click through and learn about local folks who served in the military, and the stories you may not have known before. 


Vicky Diaz-Camacho covers community affairs for Kansas City PBS.


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