The House today approved a bill that makes the Liberty Memorial the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
The measure also establishes a commission to guide the upcoming centennial of the war.
"North Missouri has deep ties to World War I," said Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, a Republican from Tarkio who co-sponsored the measure.
"From 'Black Jack' Pershing to Frank Buckles, the Sixth Congressional District was home to thousands of men who served their country admirably. I'm glad that the World War I Centennial will bring people from all over the world to Missouri."
The Liberty Memorial is the only major memorial and museum dedicated to the war in the country. The Memorial was the site where all of the Supreme Allied Commanders gathered for the only time in history on November 1st, 1921.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to every soldier who served in the 'war to end all wars," said Graves. "Our obligation to history is to remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom and avoid the mistakes that made it necessary."
The Senate has yet to take up the bill.