Local vets busy with projects
The Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars post is staying busy while under the leadership of commander Fred Box. Box, a Vietnam veteran, was elected commander in April.
Recently, eight members of the post took part in the annual Veterans Day parade in Leavenworth. This week, the local veterans took food collected by the post to veterans at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth.
And soon, VFW members will participate in a "Living History" presentation before all students at Basehor-Linwood High School. The presentation will entail veterans from different wars giving students a first-hand account of their experiences.
"We'll start with World War II and go right up to the present," Box said.
Preserving the stories of veterans has become a key issue in the Box-era at the local VFW. When he was elected commander, he pledged to record the wartime stories of post veterans so they would become part of history.
Box has kept that pledge. The post is currently winding its way through the filming of World War II and Vietnam veterans talking about their war experiences.
And, at the behest of Box, the post has formed a color guard. The color guard, which includes seven veterans with rifles, four veterans to carry the flag and one veteran to play the bugle, got rave reviews last month for a 21-gun salute and flag presentation at the Basehor Car Show.
The Basehor VFW post was founded in 1993 with 42 members. Since then, its membership has grown to nearly 100 veterans, becoming one of the most visible and active civic organizations in the city.
Group members participate in parades and flag dedication ceremonies, sponsor educational programs for students and lobby for the rights of veterans.