Independence Honors Veterans
November 1, 2012
Harry Truman, himself an army Veteran of World War I, would be proud to see his hometown honor men and women who have served in our country’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
The City of Independence will host an annual Veterans Day Program at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8. The program will last about an hour and will include patriotic music, presenting of the colors by an Honor Guard from VFW post 1738 of Independence, remarks by Regent Diana Ritter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Commander Jess Barbosa of the Korean War Veterans Association, an address by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Schultz, a wreath presentation, and a keynote speaker, Private Edward Slater, former POW in the Korean War.
From November 10-12, the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, will also focus on veterans. Throughout the weekend, an audio-booth will be available, by appointment, to record the stories of armed service men and women who have fought for America from World War II to the present. In the Northeast Hall of the center, tables will be set up for writing war stories. There will be posters for short messages and signatures. Paper and writing/drawing tools will be available also. On Saturday, November 10, the Center is holding an afternoon workshop for the Boy Scout American Heritage Badge. The Center is seeking veteran volunteers for the boys to interview about their war experiences and will accept veterans of every age to participate. If you are interested, contact Angela at 816-252-7228.
On Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, the Harry S Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U. S. 24 Highway, will be the site for a moving tribute to America's service men and women. Events and activities honoring America's veterans will include:
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. - "Kids Help Our Heroes - Make a Get-Well Card for a Veteran"
1:00 p.m. - Children's Story time.
2:00 p.m. - Patriotic Concert.
2:30 p.m. – “The Honorable Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony" with Kansas City Legend Ida McBeth singing the National Anthem, remarks by the Honorable Ike Skelton, a Keynote Address by Major General. Robert H. Scales and a color guard by Wentworth Military Academy.
4:00 p.m. - Courtyard Ceremony. Ceremonial Wreath Laying followed by a 21-Gun Salute and Taps
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Public Reception to Honor Veterans.
All Veterans Day activities are free to the public. In addition, veterans and active military members with a valid ID will be admitted at no charge into the Truman Library, open 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Regular museum admission rates apply for all other visitors (Truman Library Institute members admitted free). Veterans will be given priority seating at the library for the concert and program; however seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.