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Johnson County plans Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11

The 2017 Johnson County Veterans Day observance is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at 119th Street and Lowell Avenue, Overland Park. 

Seating is limited to 375. Parking will be available at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Avenue, which is adjacent to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7851 West 119th Street, which is located across Lowell Avenue directly east of the memorial site. The lot closest to the memorial will be reserved for the disabled.

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. saluting all veterans  from all wars, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Special guests will be veterans of the Korean War, including  32 veterans who will receive Ambassador for Peace Medals by the Republic of Korea, commonly called South Korea. Consul General Jong-Kook Lee from the Republic of Korea Embassy in Chicago will present the medals and be among the featured speakers.

Sgt. Roger Martinez from the Kansas Army National Guard will deliver the keynote speech. He is a chemical noncommissioned officer with the 35th Infantry Division. During his military service, which began in 2011, he was deployed to the Republic of Korea from 2014-2015.

Other speakers will include:

  • Lt. Colonel Kyunghwan Jung, South Korean Army Liaison officer to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth; and,
  • Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, who will serve as emcee.

The celebration marks Johnson County’s 31st  anniversary of sponsoring an annual Veterans Day observance. The program will feature:

  • music by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City, including prelude music starting at 10:30 a.m.;
  • presentation of colors by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard;
  • placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations;
  • playing of “Echo Taps” and bagpipe music; and
  • rifle salute.

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987 with a public celebration on the south steps of the Johnson County Courthouse before moving to the Kansas National Guard Armory in Olathe from 1995 to 2006.

Since 2007, the county event has occurred at veteran memorial sites throughout Johnson County, including the cities of Olathe, Overland Park, Merriam, Lenexa, Gardner and the New Century AirCenter.

More information about the Veterans Day event is available by contacting the Johnson County Manager’s Office at 913-715-0430 or visiting  jocogov.org.