Celebration of Freedom's Spotlight on Youth
Celebrating youth and America was the focus of Monday’s nights Celebration of Freedom Spotlight on Youth Concert and Ice Cream Social.
During the evening, the El Dorado Middle School bands performed several patriotic songs and the El Dorado Elks Lodge presented their winners of the Americanism Essay Contest.
In the essays, youth talked about what their favorite thing about America was. Those thoughts ranged from the veterans who fought for our freedoms, as well as the freedoms of education, religion and speech. The essays talked about how much America has changed since its founding and how incredible America is.
The Elks received more than 270 essays this year.
The winners were: in Division I – Olivia Eras Mihailoff, El Dorado Middle School, first place; Stevie Naill, Circle Oil Hill Elementary School, second place; and Keiara Davis, EMS, third place. In Division II – London Hunter, Circle Middle School, first place; Keylee Faudere, EMS, second place; and Addison Haskins, CMS, third place.
Following the essays and concert, those attending enjoyed an ice cream social provided by Intrust Bank.
Events will continue on Friday with the Salute to Veterans at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Bingo Hall. On Saturday, there will be a biscuit and gravy breakfast at the VFW before the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. A hot dog feed will follow the parade in Gordy Park, with a World War II Battle Reenactment and Weapons Demonstration at 1:30 p.m. at the Kansas Oil Museum.
The celebration will conclude on Sunday with the Musical Salute to Our Veterans at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Stone Room in the Butler Community College Welcome Center.