Honoring Our Veterans Nov. 12

Monday, November 12 marks the finale of a series commemorating our veterans, Kansans on the Front Lines. The program starts at 7pm and will be in Marvin Auditorium in the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

A Marine in Vietnam
Presenter Tad Pritchett, a veteran and author, served 13 months in Vietnam, starting in 1968. He shares his experiences in the war and after, as a Marine returning from Vietnam. “We never felt like we returned from war because we were outcast,” he said. In this series finale, Pritchett hopes to convey the message that freedom is not something to take for granted because it is “simply too easy to lose.”

As part of the Nov. 12 event, see military Jeeps, trucks, cannons, motorcycles and our men in uniform from 2-4pm in the library parking lot and rotunda. Talk with members of the Rolling Thunder Chapter of the Military Preservation Association and visit other booths.

In addition to being an author and military historian, Pritchett is also president of the Northeast Kansas Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and serves on the Board of Directors of the Combat Air Museum. Check out his book From Farm to Field about the battle.

The library will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11, and our Bookmobiles will not run. See upcoming library closed dates here.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a landmark library, and features the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, meeting rooms and free computer training.

Hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sun. 12 pm to 9 pm.

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