Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

TOP: Johnson County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert addresses a crowd during the county’s Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 12. Eilert was one of a handful of politicians who spoke at the annual event.

BOTTOM:Rep. Kevin Yoder dedicated a memorial bench, pictured, in honor of Pfc. Cale Miller, a

23-year-old from Olathe, was killed in Afghanistan in May. Also honored during the event was Sgt.

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Michael Knapp, an Overland Park father who was killed in Afghanistan in May.