The City of Gardner invites you to attend the third annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony to honor and celebrate our local veterans for their dedication and service.
The event will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 6 p.m., at Gardner City Hall Council Chambers. The mayor will recognize each veteran and present them with a token of appreciation. Please RSVP yourself and your guests at [email protected] or 913.856.0939. Refreshments will be served.
The 2018 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War era, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.
The celebration is scheduled for Nov. 10, at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The observance begins at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial located within the park complex.
More than 400 veterans of the Vietnam War era have applied to receive Vietnam War 50th Anniversary lapel pins from the U.S. Department of Defense and a Certificate of Appreciation from Johnson County.
Veterans who applied for recognition and are unable to attend the event are asked to provide either Gary Swanson at 913-744-8282 or Penny Pearson at the Johnson County Manager’s Office at 913-715-0725 an address to mail their pins/certificates after Nov. 10.
Johnson County and nine chapters of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) have been designated Commemorative Partners by the Defense Department to present the lapel pins and other public recognition to veterans of the Vietnam War era for honorable military service from June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975.
The event will also feature the Kansas Society Sons of the American Revolution State Color Guard from the Delaware Crossing Chapter in Stilwell. The color guard will be dressed in Colonial attire.
Featured speakers include Colonel Roger Murdock, chief of the joint staff at the Kansas National Guard, and Jimmie Spencer representing the U.S. Defense Department Vietnam War Commemoration.
Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the program with Denise Bullock of Leawood serving as chaplain. She is Kansas State DAR chaplain.
Program activities will include:
•Patriotic music and songs by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City and the Sweet Adelines.
•Presentation of colors by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard.
•Placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations.
•A rifle salute by the VFW Post 7397 in Lenexa.
•Playing of “Echo Taps.”
General parking for the Veterans Day event will be on the parking lot of the former Lee Apparel parking lot, 9001 West 67th St. with free shuttle buses every 10 minutes to drop off/pick up at the main Antioch Park entrance. Courtesy golf carts will be provided, if needed, to take attendees from the park entrance to the Vietnam Memorial Plaza. Public parking at the Lee Apparel site is strongly encouraged.
Handicapped parking will be located near the memorial site in Antioch Park for attendees with limited mobility.
In case of inclement weather, updates will be provided through TV news outlets, Facebook and the county’s website.