Thousands Pause For Global World War I Centennial Observance

Thousands pause for global World War I centennial observance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Awed by an eight-plane flyover that left the sky streaked with plumes of red, white and blue contrails, thousands paused Thursday in the shadow of the nation’s official World War I monument in remembrance of the day a century ago that the U.S. entered the fight.Melding equal measures of homage to American sacrifice with patriotism, the commemoration — “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace” — amounted to a multimedia time warp to April 6, 1917, when America begrudgingly joined the global conflict that President Woodrow Wilson had sought to avoid through neutrality.With winds fluttering flags amid temperatures …

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