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Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance will feature special recognition of veterans from the longest war and the shortest war in history

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.

“This will be a special year to honor all veterans from all military branches. Each generation will be represented in the celebration, from the Greatest Generation (WWII and Korea) to Baby Boomers (Vietnam) and from Generation X (Desert Storm) to Millennials and Generation Z (War on Terror). Even though the event will be virtual, to ensure the health and safety of all participants, it is important to continue this tradition to honor our local veterans.” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

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.

The 2021 observance will live streamed on jocogov.org/JoCoHonorsVets and Facebook Live. Final details of the 2021 Johnson County Veterans Day event will be posted and announced on the county’s website at jocogov.org/JoCoHonorsVets.

Media Contacts

Theresa Freed
Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communications
Office: 913-715-0423

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482

Media Contacts

Theresa Freed
Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communications
Office: 913-715-0423

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482