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Kansas City Veterans Day Rememberances and Celebrations


Veterans Day, November 11th:

Celebrate Veterans Day,Sunday November 11th, 2012. While we honor veterans, military heros, those currently serving and our loved ones, head to one of these Veterans Day events. Thanks those who served on November 11th with public observances and ceremonies held throughout the Kansas City Metro.

Ft. Leavenworth holds one of the oldest Veteran's Day Parades west of the Mississippi. Taps play at 11am and and the parade winds through downtown Leavenworth.

Kansas FreedomFest: The two-day festival, held November 9th and 10th, will be at 10th Avenue Park, to celebrate America's Veterans. It's kicks off Friday with events including a Motorcycle show, Chili Cook-off, Food Truck Rally, and the Kansas FreedomFest Salute Showdown. Besides food and fun the Fest includes musical guests, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, The Marshall Tucker Band, Travis Marvin and The Hammerdown, Lexie Hofer, Biker Chix & Last Chance Flight, Kyle Whitaker, Joey Glenn and Chris Webb. Tickets are $20/locally and $30 online.

The National WWI Museum Remembrance and ceremony 10 to 11am: The event includes performances by the American Legion Band and speeches to honor those who have served. The ceremony ends at 11 a.m. - an undoubted symbolic time, with the laying of a wreath. The Museum is free for all visitors on Veterans Day.

Vietnam Memorial Fountain hold it's annual remembrance celebration from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m (43rd & Broadway)

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, The National WWI Museum offers free admission to active and retired military with valid ID on Veterans Day to the Harry S. Truman Library, from noon to 5pm. All Veterans Day activities are free to the public. They will have a Patriotic Concert and Tribute beginning at 2:30pm.

Kansas City jazz idol Ida McBeth will sing the National Anthem, with remarks by the Honorable Ike Skelton, and a Keynote Address by Major General Robert H. Scales. Wentworth Military Academy will also present their color guard.

4:00 p.m. Courtyard Ceremony will be held with the Ceremonial Wreath Laying, which is followed by a 21-Gun Salute and Taps and from 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. there will be a public reception to Honor Veterans

The City of Independence hosts their annual Veterans Day Program at the Truman Memorial Building (416 W. Maple) which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th.

The Midwest Genealogy Center (3440 S. Lee's Summit Road) celebrates veterans throughout the weekend with an audiobooth that will available to record the stories of armed service members who have fought for our country from World War II to present day. The Northeast Hall will have tables if your prefer to writing your personal war stories or someone else's.

Shawnee Veterans' Memorial Park, (Johnson Drive and Pflumm) 4:00 p.m, Sunday, November 11th . The City of Shawnee, VFW Post 10552, American Legion 327, Knights of Columbus, Civil Air Patrol - Kansas City Composite Squadron and the Sons of the American Revolution invite you to join them in honoring all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Food and drink will be served.

Kansas City Kansas Community College will celebrate Veterans Day with two programs on Monday, Nov. 12.with their third annual "Veterans Speak Program" from 9-10 a.m. A panel of U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force veterans from Desert Storm, Desert Shield and the Iraqi conflict will discuss their experiences while serving around the word in the defense of freedom in the "Veterans Speak Program." The panel will be followed by the documentary, "American GI Forum" at 10am.

Both programs are presented in KCKCC's Intercultural Center and are open to the public without charge.

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