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Posted on: November 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Kansas National Guardsmen to support Veterans Day events

Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas National Guard will honor their fellow veterans, past and present, by participating in several Veterans Day events in the state.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Emporia

Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, will take part in the 20th annual Emporia Freedom Fest. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at All Veterans Memorial Park and Soden's Grove, 931 South Commercial St. 

The 731st Composite Truck Company will provide a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle for static display at the Freedom Fest event.

Recruiters from the 190th Air Refueling Wing will have an information booth at the event.

Lawrence

The 190th Air Refueling Wing will conduct a flyover of the Veterans Day Parade with two KC-135 air refueling tankers. The parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Lawrence.

Monday, Nov. 6

Derby

Lt. Col. Darral Garner, commander, and Master Sgt. Kevin Smith, budget analyst, 184th Comptroller Flight, 184th Wing, will be supporting the Veterans Day prayer service at St. Mary Catholic Church, 2306 E. Meadowlark Blvd. The service begins at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Pratt

Lt. Kelcy Pruner, executive officer, 1161st Forward Support Company, will the guest speaker for a Veterans Day dinner sponsored by Elks Lodge #1451, 1103 W 5th St. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Haysville

Master Sgt. Matthieu Statler, operations section chief, 184th Comptroller Flight, will be supporting Veterans Day activities at Freeman Elementary School, 7303 S. Meridian, beginning at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Overland Park

The 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, and Army Air Support Facility #1 in Topeka will provide static displays of a UH-60M (Air Assault) and UH-60L (Medevac) Black Hawk helicopters for the Black and Veatch Veterans Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The helicopters will be on display in the field northeast of the corner of Lamar Ave. and W. 115th St.

Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, will take part in the Black and Veatch Veterans Day Celebration with a display and the climbing wall. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11401 Lamar Ave.

Salina

Command Chief Master Sgt. Chase Liphart, 184th Wing, will be supporting Veteran’s Day activities at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School, 2200 Glen Ave. The event starts at 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10

Lenexa

Brig. Gen. Anthony Mohatt, assistant adjutant general-Army and commander of the Kansas Army National Guard, will be the guest speaker at the Johnson County Veterans Day ceremony at the Lenexa National Guard Armory, 18200 W 87th St Parkway. The event will begin at 11 a.m.

Manhattan

Four Soldiers of the 130th Field Artillery Brigade will take part in the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition Veterans Day Parade with Q53 radar unit. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 3rd Street and Poyntz.

Salina

Soldiers of the Regional Training Site-Maintenance will provide a flag detail for a flag raising ceremony and cannon salute at Salina Area Technical College, 2562 Centennial Road. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Topeka

Lt. Col. Travis Zeigler, commander, 997th Brigade Support Battalion, will be the guest speaker at a Veterans Day assembly at Topeka West High School, 2001 SW Fairlawn Rd. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

Wichita

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Maunie Neal, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, will take part in a Veterans Day ceremony at Wichita Collegiate School, 9115 E 13th St. North.  The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Mark and Tech. Sgt. Adam Mark, Comptroller Flight, 184th Wing, will be speaking to the elementary students in support of Veteran’s Day activities at Ruth Clark Elementary school, 1900 W 55th St S.  The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Clifton

Capt. Dillon Blake, commander, 250th Forward Support Company, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day parade and ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. on Main Street.

El Dorado

Col. Craig Cooper, commander, 184th Regional Support Group, 184th Wing, will be the grand marshal for the 26th annual Celebration of Freedom Veterans Day Parade. The parade will begin at 3 p.m., starting at Gordy Park, 300 S. Gordy Street.

Emporia

Brig. Gen. Anthony Mohatt, assistant adjutant general - Army and commander of the Kansas Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Harmon, senior enlisted leader - Joint Forces Headquarters, will take part in the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Emporia, starting at 4th and Commercial Streets. The parade will begin at 9 a.m.

Airmen of the 190th Air Refueling Wing will provide a Color Guard for the parade.

Soldiers of the 731st Composite Truck Company will take part in the parade with a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle.

The 35th Infantry Division Band will also march in the community parade and then perform a concert for the public at 2 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall, Emporia State University Administration Building, 1 Kellogg Circle.

Harmon will also act as master of ceremonies for the Veterans Day service at All Veterans Memorial Park, 931 S. Commercial St., beginning at 11 a.m.

Hays

The 997th Brigade Support Battalion will provide a cannon salute at the Fort Hays State University Military Appreciation football game. The game will kick off at 1 p.m.

Haysville

Lt. Col. James Warren, commander, 184th Operations Support Squadron, will be representing VFW Post 6957 as part of the rifle detail for the Haysville Veterans Memorial ceremony outside the Haysville Public Library, 200 S. Main. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Hiawatha

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Regiment will provide a color guard for the Brown County Veterans Day Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kansas National Guard armory, 108 N. 1st St. Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Spencer, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, will be the guest speaker.

Hutchinson

Lt. Col. Tony Best, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, will be the guest speaker at the Hutchinson VFW Veterans Day remembrance. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Independence

The 190th Air Refueling Wing will conduct a flyover of the Independence Veterans Day of Honor celebration in a KC-135 air refueling tanker. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Iola

Sgt. Lucas Hamlin, 891st Engineer Battalion, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall, Iola Square, U.S. Highway 54/Main Street. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Lawrence

Soldiers of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion will take part in the University of Kansas Salute to Service football game at Memorial Stadium with a static display of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle and display table. Kick off time has not been published.

Leavenworth

Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, will participate in the Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. starting at 6th St. and Cherokee.

Soldiers from the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters will also participate in the parade with vehicles and personnel.

Lenexa

Lt. Col. William Chuber, deputy fire support officer, Center for Army Leadership, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Catholic Cemeteries of NE Kansas Lenexa Office, 8300 Quivira Rd. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

Manhattan

Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, will have a display at the K-State Military/Veterans Day Celebration football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, 2201 Kimball Ave. Kick off time has not been published.

Topeka

Lt. Col. Thomas Warth, administrative officer, 69th Troop Command, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day service at Catholic Cemeteries of NE Kansas, 801 SW Westchester Rd. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Brig. Gen. Michael Venerdi, Kansas adjutant general, will be the grand marshal for the Topeka Sunflower Salute Veterans Day Parade in downtown Topeka. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from 10th and Kansas Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Lawrence

The 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment will provide a UH-60 Black Hawk flyover for the University of Kansas vs Kansas State Military/Veterans Day Celebration football game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, 1101 Mississippi St. Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, will also provide a static display at the game. Kick off time has not been published.

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