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Johnson County holds Veterans Day Observance

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance took place on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at American Legion Post #153.

American Legion Post #153 has invited Johnson County Government to hold its event in the legion’s hall, located at 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe.

“We very much appreciate their invitation to join the American Legion in this important Veterans Day observance,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

The event will kick off on the original schedule, 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Download a program.

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance, honoring all local veterans from all wars, has invited as special guests local women veterans/women who have served in the military. The event is set for at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post #153, 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe, (previously scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park, at Harrison Street and Dennis Avenue, in Olathe).

The event, organized in partnership with the city of Olathe and the Olathe American Legion Post 153, includes an exhibit by the Gardner Historical Museum of veteran-related memorabilia.

According to the U.S. Defense Department, women veterans, totaling slightly more than 1.6 million, represented approximately 10% of the estimated 18.2 million veterans in 2017. Women have served their country through all periods of U.S. history. They were disguised as male soldiers during the American Revolution and Civil War. They served as nurses in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. They were, and still are, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Special invited guest of honor is Mabel Johnson, an Olathe woman and a World War II veteran, who turns 105 in early November. She is probably the oldest woman veteran in Kansas and the oldest woman Coast Guard veteran in the nation.

Watch her story.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Third District, whose mother, Crystal, served two decades in the Army.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Molly Gillock, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a member of the Kansas National Guard.
  • Louise “Lou” Eisenbrandt, a combat nurse/veteran from the Vietnam War. 

Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the program.

Traditional activities at the county’s Veterans Day celebration include:

  • Speeches honoring all veterans
  • Presentation of colors
  • Placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations.
  • Playing of “Taps”

Students from the Kansas School for the Deaf will serve as greeters.

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987. Each year, the event salutes specific groups of veterans and others as special guests. In 2015, World War II veterans were recognized. The event paid tribute to local Gold Star Families in 2016. A year later, the observance paid tribute to Korean War veterans. Veterans of the Vietnam War Era were recognized last year.

Additional details of the Veterans Day observance will be provided on the county’s website at jocogov.org as the event is finalized or call the Johnson County Manager’s Office at 913-715-0430.


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