Celebration at the Station planned this evening

Celebration at the Station, a free Memorial Day Weekend concert by the Kansas City Symphony, will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri.

The event will be held rain or shine. The outdoors concert site opens at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The 16th annual concert features the Kansas City Symphony plus members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

A fireworks display is held at the end of the concert.

Those attending may bring blankets and lawn chairs.

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Memorial Day events planned at Liberty Memorial

Several Memorial Day events are planned at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

There is free admission to the museum on Memorial Day weekend for veterans and active-duty military personnel. The cost is half-price for general admission.

There will be a formal public program at 10 a.m. on Monday, Memorial Day, with remarks by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo.; Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James; a keynote address by Jon McBride, former astronaut and space shuttle commander; and musical performances by the USAF of Mid-America Hot Brass Band; operatic baritone John Brancy; and pianist Peter Dugan.

A new special exhibition featuring works of art by World War I soldiers has opened at the museum.

More than 20 vintage military vehicles and an iconic helicopter will be featured Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. This includes vehicles from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm and MVPA members will be available to answer questions about their collection.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 243 will provide a Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter for display from Friday to Monday. People of all walks of life are invited and encouraged to show their support for military families by signing a mobility-equipped 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor truck that will eventually be donated to a veteran courtesy of Wounded Warrior Family Support.

Additionally, the museum invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected their families through records, photographs and more with a variety of programs throughout Memorial Day weekend.

With access to multiple databases including, Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum and Memorial’s online collections database, the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and the National Archives, visitors can discover their families’ connections to the Great War. This is presented in partnership with the Midwest Genealogy Center of Mid-Continent Public Library. For a complete list of Memorial Day Weekend activities, visit theworldwar.org/memorialday.

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Missouri man sentenced for bank robbery in Overland Park

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who used his smart phone to pass a note to a teller was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison for robbing a bank, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Ryan Michael Cothern, 41, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to committing a robbery Oct. 3, 2017, at US Bank at 9900 W. 87th St. in Overland Park, Kansas.

Prosecutors said Cothern handed a teller his cell phone with a message that read, “Put the 100s, 50s and 20s in the bag.” When the teller hesitated, Cothern said, “Don’t do anything you shouldn’t do.” The teller put cash and a GPS monitoring device in the bag before pulling the alarm. Cothern was arrested near the 8300 block of Melrose Street.

McAllister commended the Overland Park Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.

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