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Catalog Number 2002.50.43
Object Name Program
Accession number 2002.50
Description Full transription of text follows:

PROGRAM of the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Liberty Memorial Kansas City, Missouri Sunday Afternoon, November 9, 1924 Two forty-five o'clock

PROGRAM BAND CONCERT of patriotic airs, including "The Old Kit Bag", "Keep the Home Fires Burning", and concluding with "The Long, Long Trail". NOTE: Aeroplanes under command of Lt. Isaiah Davis will fly over the site for 30 minutes-beginning at 2:15 P.M., at the mininum altitude for safety, with respect particularly to the massed people on the ground; aeroplanes to leave the site upon the firing of the two guns opening the program. SALUTE of two guns opening the program, to be followed by Boy Scout Bugle Corps sounding the "Call to Worship". NOTE: Promptly at 3:00 P.M., upon the salute of the two guns indicating the opening of the program, the buglers will march around to the front of the gallery, taking their position in one or two ranks on the tribune directly in front of the South side of the Shaft, and will then sound "Call to Worship": after which the buglers will immediately file down the West steps of the tribune to the Plaza floor. They will take formation at the bottom of such steps, remaining at ease during the program. DOXOLOGY-Band, Hayden Chorus, and Audience. DOXOLOGY Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. INVOCATION by Rev. Elton Harris, D. D., President of the Ministerial Alliance of Kansas City. Mayor Albert I. Beach introduces Mr. R. A. Long, President of the Liberty Memorial Association, as Chairman of the Day. ADDRESS by Mr. R. A. Long, re-stating the purpose of the Memorial. SONG-"America"-Band, Hayden Chorus, and Audience. AMERICA My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of Thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim's pride, From every mountain side Let freedom ring. Our fathers' God, to Thee, Author of liberty, to Thee we sing: Long my our land be bright With freedom's holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King. ADDRESS by Brigadier General Harry A. Smith. READING OF MESSAGES FROM President Coolidge, Generals Pershing, Foch, Diaz, Jacques and Admiral Beatty - by Mr. J. C. Nichols and Mr. Frank P. Sebree, Vice-Presidents of Liberty Memorial Association. SONG, "Onward, Christian Soldiers"-Band, Hayden Chorus and Audience. ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before: Christ the Royal Master Leads against the foe; Forward into battle, See, His banners go. CHORUS: Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before. RESPONSIVE READING-Rabbi Harry H. Mayer and Audience. TWENTY-THIRD PSALM-RESPONSIVE READING The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff thy comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. NOTE: At the close of the responsive reading, Mr. Long will received from Mr. H. Van Buren Magonigle a trowel, square, and plumb rule, and from Mr. Howard McCutcheon a box containing the objects which are to be placed in the corner stone, and from Mrs. Howard C. Boone, War Mother, Kansas City Chapter of American War Mothers, a wreath. Mr. Long in turn will hand the box and wreath to Colonel Geo. H. English, and Colonel English with Mr. McCutcheon will then immediately place the box in the corner stone and stand by until the contents are sealed and the corner stone put in its permanent place. SONG, "Lead, Kindly Light" - Hayden Chorus. Direction Mr. John R. Jones. NOTE: At the beginning of "Lead, Kindly Light" the Vestal Maidens will ascend the West steps to the West tribune, thence up steps to gallery, thence to platform, each maiden standing on the platform with wreath upraised. A brief pause and the maidens will step off platform and arrange themselves each side of the pulpit in the gallery. Maidens will keep wreaths extended upward toward audience until all maidens have come down from platform. They will then hang their wreaths on the Shaft and march down the steps at the West tribune. The representatives of the allied nations will then hang their wreaths to the unknown dead of the Allies. At the West tribune each girl will be handed her symbol (lamp) and will proceed up the steps to the platform as before, holding high her symbol and then handing it down to the Sybil, who will put it on the Altar. BENEDICTION-Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Lillis, Bishop of the diocese of Missouri. "Taps" (with echo) - Buglers of 110th Engineers and Boy Scouts. NOTE: At the conclusion of the last long note of "Taps", the Sybil who has taken her position at the altar as the Bugle Corps marched into position will release the eight white doves bearing messages of peace and good will to the four points of the compass: Washington, New Orleans, San Francisco, Duluth. At the same instant that the doves are released, a large American flag will be raised from the Plaza to the mast at the top of the Memorial Shaft; and upon the instant of its being made fast to the mast, the band, chorus, and audience will render "THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER"; two mortars will fire 15 bombs each, each bomb breaking out the American flag; and the aeorplanes, having returned, will fly over the site for 30 minutes. NOTE: At the conclusion of "Taps", the actual work of laying the corner stone will begin and will proceed without interruption until the corner stone has been finally and permanently laid. STAR-SPANGLED BANNER O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous night, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proff through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Messages and Records to be Enclosed in Corner Stone 1 A record of the soldier dead of Kansas City and Jackson County compiled by The Missouri Valley Historical Society. 2 Gold Star League of Jackson Count, Missouri. Declaration of Purposes. 3 Declaration of War by the President. 4 Armistice Agreement, November 11th, 1918. 5 Liberty Memorial Campaign Organization. 6 Photograph of President Coolidge, photograph of President Wilson and photograph of President Harding. Group photograph of Admiral of Fleet Beatty and the four Generals that were present at the dedication of the site, November 1st, 1921, Marshall Foch, Commander in Chief of the allied armies, General Jacques, Commander in Chief of the Belgian army, General Diaz, Commander in Chief of the Italian army and General Pershing of the United States army-Group photograph of the present Board of Governors. Reproduction of-front page of Kansas City Star of November 1st, 1921. Reproduction of-front page of Kansas City Journal of November 9th, 1918. (All of the above are on copper plates). 7 Messages from President Coolidge, Admiral Beatty, Marshall Foch, General Jacques, General Diaz, General Pershing and Mr. Long to be enclosed in a metal container. 8 List [ms torn: 1 wd] Military Organizations from Kansas City which participated in the world war. 3rd Missouri Infantry (part of the 140th infantry). 2nd Missouri Field Artillery (129th Field Artillery). 1st Missouri Field Signal Battalion (117th Field Signal Battalion). 1st Battalion Missouri Engineers (2nd Battalion 110th Engineers). 1st Missouri Ambulance Corps (137th Ambulance Corps-110th Sanitary train). 2nd Missouri Ambulance Corps (138th Ambulance Corps-110th Sanitary train). Base Hospital No. 28. Co. "D" 12th Engineers. Battery "E" 1st Missouri Field Artillery (Battery "E"-128th Field Artillery). 4th Division Missouri Naval Militia. The 89th Division was made up largely of men from Missouri and Kansas. 9 Pathe Film in a bronze circular box, the cover bears the following inscription: "400 feet motion pictures, Returning Troops, Pathe News, Site Dedication, November 1st, 1921." 10 Photograph of Dedication of Site Services in a glass container. 11 A brass tube which will contain a copy of: Articles of association and Pro Forma decree of Liberty Memorial Association. The Committees of 100 and 150. Dedication of Site, Committee and Program. Laying of Corner Stone, Committee and Program. Name of Architect. Name of Builders. 12 A glass tube in which will be placed the food producing seeds of the day. 13 Copies of the daily papers of November 9th, 1924. 14 Constitution of the United States. 15 The Holy Bible.

Date n.d.
Subjects World War I
World War I
Liberty Memorial
Search Terms Liberty Memorial