Annual Christmas Truce soccer tournament to be held Dec. 26

Sporting KC, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and The Soccer Lot will hold the sixth annual Truce Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 26, to commemorate the World War I Christmas Truce.

A 3v3 soccer tournament will be played at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26 on the southeast lawn at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

A free English Premier League Watch Party starting at 8 a.m., and a FIFA19 Playstation tournament also are part of the activities. The watch party includes food and beverages for sale. In addition to the soccer tournament, there will be an after-party at 2 p.m. at The Soccer Lot.

The event commemorates the Christmas Truce of 1914, in which the battles of World War I on the Western and Eastern fronts temporarily subsided. Members of both sides laid down their arms in a time of war to celebrate a day of peace by venturing out to “No Man’s Land” to exchange gifts, sing carols and play soccer.

The event also highlights the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s online exhibition, The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914, which features essays from renowned scholars about the remarkable event, dozens of first-hand accounts from soldiers on the front lines and a feature allowing anyone to declare their own truce and share via social media.

Registration for the soccer and FIFA19 tournaments is closed, but patrons can RSVP for the free EPL Watch Party, which features a British pub-themed atmosphere and the ability to watch matches on the Museum and Memorial’s 29-foot and 10-foot screens. Breakfast foods, beverages and cocktails will be available for purchase. For more information or to RSVP, visit thetrucekc.com.

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