Lack of funding to extinguish nation’s World War I Museum flame after July 4

"Save The Flame" campaign continues, Pioneer Services matches donations

The eternal flame at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial has been burning since Memorial Day thanks to a donation from Pioneer Services, but that will soon end unless private donations raise enough funds to keep it aflame for another year. Funding issues forced the flame sitting atop the 217-foot Liberty Memorial tower to be extinguished earlier this year.

Upon learning that the flame would be extinguished after Memorial Day, Kansas City-based Pioneer Services donated $5,000 to keep the flame burning through July 4th weekend. Since that initial donation, the company has helped create a national "Save the Flame" fundraising campaign, promising to match private donations to keep the flame burning for another year and challenging other companies to donate.

Joining Pioneer Services in the challenge has been Entercom radio stations 106.5 The Wolf, which has aired interviews and promotional spots about the campaign, 98.9 FM The Rock, as well as the National World War I Museum itself.

The annual cost to keep the flame burning is an estimated $45,000, and donations are still needed in the last week of the campaign.

"As our nation's official World War I Museum, we just couldn't sit back and let the flame be extinguished, especially as we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence and with thousands of U.S. service members currently deployed in the war against terror," said Tom Holcom , president of Pioneer Services. "We just hope other companies and individuals recognize the sacrifice our military has made and help support the Save the Flame campaign."

More information is available and tax deductible donations can be made at Contributions can also be made by sending a check to 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO 64108—make the check out to "National World War I Museum" and put "Save the Flame" in the memo line.

"Whether five dollars or five hundred, every bit is important," said Brian Alexander, National World War I Museum president and chief executive officer. "We are grateful to all of those who are helping to keep the flame burning and honor the sacrifice of those who served."

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