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A traveling World War I museum is taking a nation-wide tour this summer, and Springfield will be the 51ststop. This Thursday people of all ages will have the unique opportunity to board an 18 wheeler to see artifacts and learn more about veterans of the “Great War.” KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
The “Honoring Our History Tour” is part of a unique anniversary celebration to commemorate the nation’s veterans, while also commemorating a big anniversary for Waddell and Reed, a long time financial planning company. Andy Stewart is a spokesperson for Waddell and Reed.
“This year was Waddell and Reed’s 75thanniversary. And so we wanted to do something special to give back to the community that we are a part of. What we decided to do was partner with the National World War I Museum to create a custom 18 wheel big rig that is traveling around to our top 75 offices across the country,” Stewart says.
Stewart adds that the museum is locally partnered with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He says that several hall of famers will be recognized and highlighted for serving as WWI veterans. Stewart says the museum will contain many artifacts including weapons, equipment, posters and flags, all from the Great War.
“Part of the reason we chose WWI is because the National WWI Museum is in Kansas City, which is our headquarters. And our two founders, Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed, both served in WWI. So as part of the traveling museum, their uniforms will be on display,” says Stewart.
The 18 wheel museum will make its stop in Springfield this Thursday, June 14, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Admission is free all day for both museums. You can find a link to more information below. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.
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