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Johnson County Veterans Day Observance to feature Brigadier General Victor Braden, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder

Johnson County plans to honor 55 World War II Veterans and nearly 40 Vietnam Veterans at its Veterans Day Observance. This year’s event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the ending of WW II and the 40th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War.         

Johnson County’s Veterans Day Observance is held annually to recognize all veterans for their service. This year’s event takes place on November 11 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lenexa National Guard Armory, located at 18200 West 87th Street Parkway. Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert will serve as master of ceremonies.

“We invite all local veterans to attend this event and be recognized for their service to our country,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “This annual event is Johnson County’s way to say ‘thank you’ for our veterans’ contribution to protecting our great nation and fighting for peace across the globe.”

 This year’s featured speakers include Brigadier General Victor Braden, Deputy Commanding General, Kansas Army National Guard; U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas; and U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas/3rd District. Other planned events include:

  •          patriotic music by the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Pride Bands and Mill Creek Middle School choir
  •          singing by Pam Williamson, Olathe Northwest High School vocal music director
  •          placement of memorial wreaths by veteran organizations
  •          playing of “Echo Taps” and traditional rifle salute

Parking information:  Limited accessible parking for those needing special accommodations is available at the Lenexa National Guard Armory. General parking is available at the Lenexa Christian Center located at 17500 West 87th Street Parkway. Shuttle service will be provided between the Lenexa Christian Center and the Lenexa National Guard Armory.

About Veterans Day:  President Dwight Eisenhower and Congress created an annual Veterans Day observance in 1954. Prior to that, it was called Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the Armistice Treaty, which ended World War I. The armistice was signed at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and the traditional date for both Veterans and Armistice Day celebrations, past and present.

About the event: Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987 with public services on the south steps of the Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Olathe before moving to the Kansas National Guard Armory in west Olathe from 1995 to 2006. Since 2007, the event has occurred at veteran memorial sites throughout Johnson County.