Honoring Our Veterans 2013

On Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day (a day late since the library’s closed on the actual day), it’s your chance to say thanks and honor the contributions of the veterans in our community by attending Honoring Our Veterans at the library. The library offers two opportunities to say thanks; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Why not come to both!?

Marines in the Pacific: Veterans’ Panel Discussion
July marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. It may have been lost in the shuffle of world politics following World War II, but its importance and the heroism of those who fought in this conflict should not be. On Nov. 12 at 7pm, local veterans will participate in a panel discussion to discuss their participation in the war that helped to define the world during the Cold War. Enjoy music and a Color Guard from Highland Park High School Junior ROTC and take part in a moment of recognition for all veterans.

Scheduled to participate in the program are local veterans, Donald DeBarge, Lou Mello, Jim Freel, L.C. Crouch, Chuck Wright, Bill Bunten and Adrian Allen.

farewell_aFought from 1950 to 1953, the Korean War is often called the forgotten war. When the armistice that ended the hostilities was signed in 1953, the Korean War veterans returned home with little fanfare. They mostly just resumed their lives, often only their family or close friends were the only people to take notice of their return. Thankfully in recent years the veterans of this war are getting the recognition they deserve. Korea was the war where those dedicated to freedom and democracy stemmed the tide of communism for the first time. For the first time force was used to contain communism.

According to Statistics from the Bureau of Veterans Affairs, 21 people from Shawnee County were either killed or listed missing in action in this conflict. In Shawnee County and the counties that make up Northeast Kansas, 190 were killed or listed MIA. Their names are listed at the Korea War Monument at Gage Park.

Honoring our Veterans Military Display
From 1:30 until 3:30pm that day, visitors to the library will be treated to a display of restored military vehicles, courtesy of Rolling Thunder, and other historical items ranging from soldier’s gear to medals to weaponry. Stop to chat with some local veterans.

Plan to attend all or part of the day on November 12. It promises to be fun and educational. Above all it will give you a chance to say thanks to some people who sacrificed to keep us safe. We each owe a huge debt of thanks to all veterans and to their families.

We are grateful for groups like the Marine Corps League, the Combat Air Museum, Rolling Thunder a group of local military vehicle restorers to team up with the library to put on Honoring Our Veterans.

Dave Coleman works in the library's Red Carpet Services helping seniors get the materials they want at the library and at senior living complexes. Dave is also an avid sports fan.