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Airplane at New Century AirCenter

County celebrates Armed Forces Appreciation Day

An early morning rain and lingering cloudy skies on Saturday, May 15, did not dampen Johnson County’s celebration of Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the New Century AirCenter.

Sponsored by the Friends in Service of Heroes (FISH), the free six-hour event attracted a steady stream of hundreds of attendees, including the general public, veterans of all ages, active members of the armed forces and military reservists. 

The event featured an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, vintage and current military vehicles, live entertainment and food trucks. Featured speakers included Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

FISH presented a service dog to a disabled Army veteran from Iraq and an all-terrain, tracked wheelchair to a disabled Marine veteran from Desert Storm.

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