Veterans Day observed with programs in Wichita and across Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Veterans Memorial Park held its annual Veterans Day program Thursday.

The park walkway was lined with flags. The program included a keynote speaker, presentation of colors, national anthem, playing of taps, a rifle salute, and recognition of the veterans present and their branch of service. The program lasted 30 to 45 minutes.

Keynote speaker 1st Sgt. Robert White spoke about what being a veteran means and why veterans should not forget what they fought for.

“Remember those veterans who are no longer with us. And those that are still operating abroad and can not be home with their families today, that’s what it’s like to be a veteran.”

“Veterans Day is very important to me to remember those people I served with but also to remember my family who has also served,” said Dan Allis, Vietnam veteran.

In southwest Wichita, at Deville’s Barbershop, veterans received free haircuts.

“A lot of guys don’t have much going on in life. They’re veterans that are the forgotten, few you know. There’s people that, there’s a lot of guys who look forward to this,” said Josh Migon, barber.

The Sedgwick County Zoo allowed veterans, active-duty military, and their families to get in for free.

“The way I feel about it, we didn’t get thanked when we came home, so I take advantage of it now,” said Robert Gillette, Vietnam veteran.

“You know they have really defended our freedoms, and we need to thank them for it,” said Connie Rudkin, Vietnam veteran.

Schools across the state also got involved. Grinnell Middle School worked for two weeks preparing their program, and at Plains Elementary, an 85-year-old veteran and his grandson played taps at their annual program.

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