Of the 40 million people who died in World War I, only 441 were from around Kansas City. With so few casualties from this area, how did the national museum and memorial for this war end up here?
Mike Vietti, the museum's marketing director, hears this question a lot.
"This really was, in many respects, a crowdsourced National Museum and Memorial," Vietti says.
To understand why Kansas City was up to that challenge requires remembering what the city was like a hundred years ago.
1918 in Kansas City