Week-long events, honor veterans with El Dorado’s Celebration of Freedom activities, begin Nov. 4 with a chicken and noodle dinner at the Elks Lodge from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a musical salute to our veterans, Let Us Remember...Let Us Follow, at 7 p.m. at El Dorado Middle School.
On Nov. 5, the annual spotlight on youth and an ice cream social will be featured at 7 p.m. at EMS, and Nov. 10 the annual biscuit and sausage gravy breakfast will be at the VFW Post from 8 to 10 a.m.; the Kansas American Legion Riders motorcycle pre-parade ride-by and the parade at 11 a.m.; followed by the hot dog feed and inspection of military equipment and WW II battle re-enactment and weapons demonstration at 1:30 p.m. at the Butler County History Center.
Cost of the Elks chicken and noodle dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for children, cost for the breakfast at the VFW is $4 for a full and $2.50 for a half order. All other events are free to the public, financed by generous sponsors.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the Salute to Veterans will be held at 11 a.m. in the Welcome Center at Butler College, preceded by a free continental breakfast at that location beginning at 10 a.m.
Area churches will recognize the veterans in their regular services.
A new feature for the parade this year will be an appearance by the Kansas State University’s chapter of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, Company G-3. The university’s military drill company, they were named best company in the U.S. for the 2011-2012 academic year by the National Society of Pershing Rifles, a title also given to them the previous Year.
The National Society of Pershing Rifles is an honorary fraternity dedicated to developing more successful officers in the U. S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Society members perform precise military drills with non-firing rifles. The K-State chapter is open to all students, although a majority of Company G-7.s 16 current members are affiliated with the university’s Army and Air Force ROTC units.
Company G-7 returned to K-State after a more than 30-year hiatus at the university.
In 2011 the company won the platoon exhibition event, were runners-up in the color guard event and had a cadet earn third place in the solo exhibition as well as winning the best company title.
They will be performing in front of the Butler County Court House prior to the parade and marching in the parade.
Celebration of Freedom is 15 years old this year, and is coordinated by the Celebration of Freedom committee of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.