Today marks the anniversary of the fateful day 100 years ago — June 28, 1914 — when two shots fired forever changed the world. The National World War I Museum will host a series of free, public events to mark the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia that sparked the outbreak of World War I.
Centennial events today include:
• A re-enactment of assassination-day events on the Museum's South Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. representing an approximation of the Archduke's parade route.
• A centennial ceremony at 2 p.m. to observe the outbreak of WWI featuring a commemorative address on the lessons of war from the former Ambassador to Bosnia, Dr. John Menzies; KC actor John Rensenhouse and the KC Symphony string quartet will perform
• WWIUSA Amateur Radio operators invite the public to "call out" around the world as they broadcast live from the Museum grounds.
• KU Students orchestrate Twitter "E-Reenactment" of assassination day events from 9:30 a.m. to noon from the West Lobby of the Museum. Follow #KU_WWI or find a feed at www.crees.ku.edu
• Display and curator discussion at 3 p.m. about Museum's new 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol — similar to the one used by the Archduke's assassin.
• At sunset, the public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to relax on the lawn for the Museum's final "Taps at the Tower" performance.
The National World War I Musesum is at Liberty Memorial in downtown Kansas Cit. More information is at www.theworldwar.org