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Media advisory: Johnson County 30th annual Veterans Day observance

Media are invited to attend Johnson County’s Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 11, at Olathe’s Memorial Park at Harrison St. and Dennis Ave.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with a salute to veterans from World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. The celebration marks the county’s 30th anniversary sponsoring a Veterans Day observance.

The ceremony traditionally begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month.

Colonel Peter Jaramillo, state chaplain for the Kansas Army National Guard and a Catholic priest, will be the featured speaker for the program. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the ceremony.

Debbie Austin, president of the Gold Star Mothers Chapter, will also speak. Her son, Army Private First Class Shane Austin, of Edgerton, was killed in action in 2006 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 2016 program will feature patriotic music by the Olathe Northwest High School band; special songs by the Central Elementary School choir in Olathe and Southside Singers from Olathe South High School; presentation of colors; placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations; playing of “Echo Taps” and bagpipe music and rifle salute.

Since 2007, this event has occurred at veteran memorial sites throughout Johnson County, including the cities of Overland Park, Merriam, Gardner and the New Century AirCenter.