Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial to stay lit

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | 9:19 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

KANSAS CITY — Private donations will keep the top of Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial aglow until July 4.

The 217-foot memorial has towered over Kansas City since 1921, but officials at the National World War I Museum turned off the steam used to give the tower its glow after the city announced $620,000 in recent budget cuts.

Pioneer Services, a company providing financial services and education to military members and families, has donated $5,000 to keep the glow going from Memorial Day to July 4th.

The Kansas City-based company is encouraging others to make donations and promises to match contributions up to an additional $17,500.

The annual cost of keeping the flame turned on is about $45,000.

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