The Johnson County Veterans Day observance will carry on its traditional recognition of local veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. For the second year, the ceremony will be available online only to reduce/contain the spread of the coronavirus.
While this event honors all veterans, this year, there will be special recognition of veterans from Desert Storm and the War on Terror.
The Veterans Day celebration will feature pre-recorded videos and speeches honoring veterans, including a glimpse of the “Spartans” unit at New Century AirCenter, patriotic songs, wreath presentations by local veteran organizations, the playing of “Taps” and a rifle salute.
Chairman Ed Eilert will serve as the in-person emcee for the program. Megan Duncan, mother of Spencer Duncan, an Olathe South High School graduate, who was 1 of 38 people killed aboard a Chinook in Afghanistan, will share her story of how her and her family have turned this tragedy into an opportunity to help local veterans.
The county’s annual celebration, dating back to 1987, has traditionally taken place on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month.