Eight event highlights
1 The Celebration of Freedom parade will be held at 11 a.m., with staging at Gordy Park and the reviewing stand in front of the Butler County Court House. This year the Celebration of Freedom committee will honor Desert Storm/Desert Shield Veterans and they are invited to sit as a group on the bleachers next to the reviewing stand.
2 Pre-parade activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a demonstration of how well a Gold Wing Motorcycle can be handled, as the Kansas Twisters Drill Team put them through their drills with ease, a mini-concert by the Butler County College Sideliners and ride-by by the Kansas American Legion Riders.
3 Prior to the parade on Saturday, the VFW will serve a biscuit and gravy breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.
3 Following the parade, the traditional hot dog feed and inspection of military equipment will be held at Gordy Park.
4 The WWII Battle reenactment and weapons demonstration will be held at 1:30 p.m. at East Park.
5 On Sunday, the El Dorado Elks Lodge #1407 will have their chicken and noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and local churches will honor veterans in their worship services.
6 Sunday evening at 7 p.m., A Musical Salute to Our Veterans will be held at the El Dorado Middle School.
7 On Monday, Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the Salute to Veterans program will be held at the El Dorado Middle School in the auditorium. The Veteran of the Year will be announced at that time.
8 A complete schedule of activities is published in the Butler County Times-Gazette and Shoppers Guide, and flyers are available at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, the newspaper and other area businesses. For more information call the El Dorado Chamber at 321-3150.
This year, Miss Kansas will serve as Parade Marshall, leading the troops for the Celebration of Freedom parade Saturday, Nov. 9.
She’s Sergeant Theresa Marie Vail, a senior at Kansas State University, a member of the Kansas Army National Guard Medical Detachment, director of public relations for the hunting company “Suburban Woodsman,” CEO and founder of the Miss Outdoor Girl brand and sings opera.
Her personal accomplishments give her outstanding qualifications for her Miss Kansas platform: Empowering young women to overcome cultural stereotypes.
Her professional aspirations are to obtain a bachelor of science in chemistry and Chinese, a doctor of dental surgery degree and become a dentist for the Army.
Page 2 of 2 - Well on her way to meeting her goals, she has a 4.0 grade point average as a Chinese major, is a distinguished honor graduate for both military schools attended, expert marksman for the Army, Soldier of the Month and founder of Miss Outdoor Girl, a camp to inspire teens to become more involved in outdoor activities.
One of nine children, she joined the Kansas Army National Guard at the age of 17. Vail speaks fluent Chinese and within the next few years, she will have her own bow hunting television show with the Outdoor Channel and she is an avid boxer and archer.
Miss Kansas was one of the 10 finalists in the Miss American competition.
“Sgt. Vail endeared herself to other veterans this summer at the Veteran’s Reunion, inspired us when she visited our local Kiwanis Club meeting and sang, and we’re totally thrilled to have her as our Parade Marshall,” said Neil Buckman, parade chair.