Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2006

Loyalty Day celebration scheduled

April 27, 2006

A blast to the past, a history lesson and a way to show devotion to the United States are all things citizens of Basehor might receive by attending this Saturday's Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day celebration.

Although May 1 was officially established as Loyalty Day in 1958 after much lobbying from VFW posts across the country, this is the first time Basehor VFW Post 11499 has planned an official celebration for the special day.

Fred Box, commander of VFW Post 11499, said the event, which will be in front of Basehor-Linwood High School, took quite a bit of organization.

"It has taken a lot of planning on my part and the VFW," he said.

Presentations at the event, set to begin at 2 p.m., include a "living history" lesson from local veterans of every war since World War II, the playing of "Taps" and a 21-gun salute.

Mayor Chris Garcia will announce a proclamation of Loyalty Day, Basehor-Linwood sophomore Tia Oelschlager will read her award-winning essay. And middle school students Eric Strick and Justin Nichols will present their second- and third-place essays from the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by the VFW.

In case of rain, Box said the events would be moved into the Basehor-Linwood High School gymnasium.

Box added that after the ceremony, everybody is welcome to meet local veterans for refreshments at the VFW. He also encourages everybody to attend the Loyalty Day celebration.

"It should be a tremendous history lesson, especially for young people," Box said.

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