Excerpt: In tribute to veterans, gratitude is the order of the day in Gardner
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 @ 4:27PM
Excerpt from Kansas City Star article:
Crowds braved frigid temperatures to gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Gardner for Johnson County’s 28th annual ceremony, which coincided with the 60th anniversary of Veterans Day. The cold forced the county to cancel a scheduled parade, but didn’t stop the tribute to veterans.
“As a community, we gather today to pay solemn tribute to the men and women of our great country who, over the decades, have so valiantly fought to preserve the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on which this great nation was founded,” said Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert.
The program paid tribute not only to living veterans but to those who have died in order to protect the nation’s freedom.
“They are people who know the true meaning of courage, the price of freedom and devotion to duty,” Eilert said.
Special guests at Tuesday’s event included Gold Star families, like Neddersen. These families have all lost loved ones in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan, or at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.