Save the Flame at the Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial was conceived as a way to honor the memory and sacrifices of all those who served their country and defended liberty during World War I.

Since its dedication in 1926, the memorial has been a Kansas City and national monument, looking over the downtown skyline. The National World War I Museum, which opened in 2006, was built beneath the existing Liberty Memorial. It is designated by Congress as the nation's official WWI Museum, and is the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes in our world today.

In 2009, city budget cuts threatened to extinguish the eternal flame except on special holidays. But a grassroots campaign of concerned citizens, and an article about it in the Kansas City Star, caught the attention of Pioneer Services, the Military Banking division of MidCountry Bank. The company helped lead the effort to "Save the Flame," donating an initial $5,000 to keep it lit until July 4, 2009, and contributing a total of $22,500 in matching funds.

All told, the Kansas City community, local businesses, and people from around the globe donated $68,000 in just four weeks to keep the flame lit every night for a year.

But the museum needs your help again.

While the Museum is doing all it can to reduce the costs of the boiler and lighting system used for the flame, the costs are still high for the non-profit organization. That is why they need your assistance to keep the flame lit and honor all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

While economic times are tough, any donation of any size——from $5, to $50, to $500—is one step closer to saving the flame. All donations are tax deductible, and donors who contribute $25 or more will receive a commemorative 2009 "Save the Flame" pin.

Donate today and help Save the Flame for another year!

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Donations can be mailed to

National World War I Museum
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
* Make checks payable to National World War I Museum and put “Save the Flame” Campaign in the memo line.

Your gift is tax deductible and can help one of this country’s most notable landmarks.

For more information, or to assist with the Save The Flame campaign, visit, or contact:

Denise Rendina, National World War I Museum

Karen Von Der Bruegge, Pioneer Services

Through your donations we can ensure America's only World War I Museum continues to light the way to "the promised land of peace."

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