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Excelsior Springs celebrates veterans

Monday was Veterans Day, and Excelsior Springs celebrated its men and women in uniform, past and present, living and dead, with a variety of programs.

The crowd was even larger than last year forcing Elaine Pedockle, event organizer, and her army of Excelsior Springs Walmart volunteers to bring out more tables and chairs for veterans who came to Walmart Monday morning for a free breakfast and time to visit with friends old and new.

Wentworth Military Academy, Honor Flight, VFW Service Officers and the Richmond National Guard Armory were there to honor veterans and celebrate the day.

Walmart wasn’t the only local business saluting servicemen and servicewomen. At Applebee’s, veterans and active duty military were offered a free meal, with the expectation of their restaurants nationwide serving more than 1 million free dishes from a list of seven signature entrees.

The Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit from the Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center contributed to the Applebee’s observance of Veterans Day by performing a flag presentation to Carolyn Roof, a local veteran of the United States Air Force.

Chuck Jones, a full-time employee of Walmart in Excelsior Springs and a 19-year military serviceman, had both of his boys in the driver’s seat Monday morning.  McGuier, age 7, and Brayden, age 3, were all smiles while their dad, who is still active in the Air Force on weekends, lifted them up for turns in the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) provided by the Richmond National Guard Armory. (Photo by Jae Juarez)

Chuck Jones, a full-time employee of Walmart in Excelsior Springs and a 19-year military serviceman, had both of his boys in the driver’s seat Monday morning. McGuier, age 7, and Brayden, age 3, were all smiles while their dad, who is still active in the Air Force on weekends, lifted them up for turns in the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) provided by the Richmond National Guard Armory. (Photo by Jae Juarez)

By Jae Juarez • jae@leaderpress.com

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