(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson attended a ceremony at the National World War I Memorial on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the war. Also participating were Governor Eric Greitens, Acting U.S. Army Secretary Robert Speer, Italian Ambassador to the United States Armando Varricchio, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. This event marks the beginning of a national 18-month commemoration of American involvement in World War I.

“Through the two years our country was involved in the war, over 156,000 Missourians served in the conflict, with 10,000 soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “While veterans of this conflict may be gone, their memories live on through their families and our remembrance of their service,” Parson said.

Lieutenant Governor Parson also praised the involvement of different organizations in this project. “Without the involvement of organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and members of the state and federal government, none of this would have been possible, so I encourage all Missourians to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about our country’s involvement in ‘the war to end all wars’,” said Parson.