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CONNECTIONS Before entering the main gallery, visitors cross a glass bridge suspended over a symbolic Western Front poppy field.
NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL
The National World War I Museum and Memorial tells a collective global story
By Juliana Goodwin
ALK ACROSS A GLASS bridge toward the main gallery at The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., and pause
to take in a field of poppies below. The bridge crosses a simulated mud field with 9,000 silk poppies in bloom. Each red flower represents 1,000 military deaths, for a total of 9 million. World War I was a global massacre. The poppy emerged as the flower of remem-
brance because of John McCraeâ€™s poem In Flanders Fields, in which he wrote of poppies growing between rows of crosses on battlefields. The museum boasts the most diverse CO N T I N U E D