JoCo Honors Vets

Green wreaths with red, white and blue ribbons

Johnson County’s 2022 Veterans Day Observance took place Friday, Nov. 11 at the Lenexa National Guard Armory, 18200 West 87th Street Parkway, located just west of Renner Road.

The event honored all veterans from all Armed Forces for their military service. It was held inside the armory and is a public in-person event for the first time since 2019, following virtual events in 2020 and 2021.

2022 Event Program

Two veterans in uniform carry a wreath at the Veterans Day Observance event

Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, emceed the program, which included:

  • patriotic music by the Olathe Northwest High School band and special songs by the Sunflower Elementary School choir in Lenexa
  • presentation of colors and placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations
  • playing of “Taps” and traditional rifle salute

In addition, the program included a featured speaker, retired Kansas Army National Major General Lloyd Krase.

About the Featured Speaker

Major General Lloyd Krase in his military uniform

The program’s featured speaker, Major General Lloyd Krase, served in the U.S. military for 41 years. He is a native Kansan now retired and residing in Lenexa.

During his 41 years of service, Major General Krase led and commanded infantry units at squad, platoon, company, battalion, brigade and division levels, including Commander, 35th Infantry Division. He was a platoon leader in Vietnam from 1968-1969.

Major General Krase retired in December 2004 and was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame in 2010. His awards and decorations include:

  • Army Distinguished Service Medal
  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal with Numeral 2
  • Army Commendation Medal for Valor with two
    Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star

2022 Veterans Day Observance: Recap

2022 Veterans Day Observance: Livestream

Saluting Staff Veterans

We salute our Johnson County Government employees who have served our country.

Veterans Day 2022