|Alicia and Eric at the Dubliner|
This was the first time I had stayed in Kansas City, so was glad that Eric suggested we go downtown to the Power and Light District for dinner. We had a nice dinner at the Dubliner while listening to a great band. Then we went back to the Drury Inn for a good night's sleep. We planned to visit the National World War I Museum in the morning.
|Power and Light District|
This museum is divided into four sections: The Exhibit Hall, The Tower, the Memory Hall and the Main Gallery. Since it was spitting rain, we decided to go to the Tower first...just in case the weather changed to storms. The tower is 217 feet high. It was built in 1921 with an eternal flame at the top. We took an elevator to the observation deck since the stairs were blocked. (I have to admit, I found being squeezed in an elevator with room for only eight people was much more inviting than trudging up those steps.)
|View of Kansas City from the top of the Tower|
|View of Union Station from the Tower|
From the Tower we went to the Exhibit Hall where I was fascinated with a wall mural, the Panthéon de la Guerre. According to the brochure..."The Panthéon was created in France during World War I and was the largest painting in the world, measuring 402-feet long and 45-feet tall. The Panthéon was created as a cyclorama and involved hundreds of artists who collectively painted thousands of military and civilian personages from France and the Allied nations."
|This gives an idea of the size of The Pantheon.|
|Close up of the people painted in The Pantheon.|
From the Exhibit Hall we went to Memory Hall where I met Fred. Fred was a volunteer who showed me how to use this computer type display that would identify each person on the wall murals. He saw me rolling the track ball but not hovering long enough to see the pictures. Fred seemed to love his job. I am not too sure how old he was...maybe a WWII or Korean Veteran. He kept returning to me to see how I was doing and seemed happy to see that I was taking quite an interest in the pictures.
|This is a picture of Fred and me. Behind us are |
paintings of maps from World War I.
|Ray found this map that happened to be the place where my father was|
wounded in World War II.
The last section of the museum was the main part. We walked over The Glass Bridge overlooking 9,000 poppies. Each poppy represented 1,000 combatant deaths during WWI. We saw a short film explaining events leading up to WWI and the European countries involved. From there we circled through exhibits of artifacts from the beginning of the war. Halfway through there is another film that explains why the United States entered the war. The last sections were full of artifacts from the American involvement.
|Glass Bridge and the 9,000 Poppies|
We really needed to spend another day to explore the museum...there was just so much to see. But, it was getting late. They close at 5:00. Our next stop was Union Station where I thought I might find a big cookie for Valerie, Ray's daughter. She had gotten two while visiting Eric last year, and really liked the one she was able to eat...but had left the other one in Eric's refrigerator...and of course, he ate it. So I thought we could get her one...but realized that this was not the same place...so no cookie. We did see four different wedding parties posing for pictures.
|This wedding party was walking to the stairway for pictures when|
Eric was walking toward us after getting some coffee.
It had been a long day, so we headed back to The Drury Inn. They serve an evening meal (salad, chili, hot dogs, baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, veggies and chips) so we decided to eat there. Eric suggested we go bowling...but Ray and I decided to call it a night since we had a long drive the next day.
Sunday morning we all met for breakfast and I took a picture of Ray and Eric. I don't like how it looks. I was trying to get the Kansas City Stadium in the background and it did not work. But, this picture will have to do. What I wish is that I had taken the picture of Ray and Eric hugging....but I was just too touched to realize the camera was in my hand.
|First Lieutenant Eric and Ray|
(Note: I did not frame this to include the stadium.)
So, Eric, we might see you for a day before you go on your deployment, but if we don't, know we love you and will think of you every day you are overseas. We are so proud of you and how fortunate our country is to have you serve and represent us.