Missouri senators support measure for World War I memorial

Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 2:03 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Missouri's two U.S. senators are among the co-sponsors of a measure to designate Kansas City's Liberty Memorial as a national World War I museum and memorial.

The museum at the base of the towering obelisk already has been designated by Congress as the nation's official World War I museum. But the memorial itself has not received the official designation.

Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt co-sponsored legislation that gives the memorial national status. The other Senate sponsors are West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller, Virginia Democrat Jim Webb and South Dakota Republican John Thune.

The designation is mainly symbolic in that it won't bring additional federal funding. However, the measure does create a Kansas City-based 24-member commission to coordinate a national commemoration of the World War I centennial.

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