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Veterans Day ceremony held at World War I Museum

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Visitors could find poppy flowers and American flags throughout the World War I museum on Veterans Day. (KCTV) Visitors could find poppy flowers and American flags throughout the World War I museum on Veterans Day. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Veterans Day weekend kicked off with a very emotional ceremony inside the auditorium at the World War I Museum. 

Outside the auditorium, there were even more ways to honor veterans. Visitors could find poppy flowers and American flags throughout the museum.

Hundreds gathered to hear Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Mayor Sly James, who is a veteran himself, speak at the ceremony. 

They both said our country is now divided following the elections. However, they also said the best way to honor the service of our veterans, who have done so much for our country, is to respect one another and to come together in order to move forward.

“I would like to use this short time in front of this podium to honor veterans by respecting the peaceful transition of government,” Cleaver said.

“I will never compromise on the things that led me to put on the uniform and face the possibility of death in the first place,” said James. “There’s no compromise on those issues and there never will be, in my mind.”

Aside from all the history to learn at the museum, there's also much to learn about veterans’ health issues. According to the VA, 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. 

If you know someone who may need help, here is some information: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention

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