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Schedule of Events

Opening Ceremony October 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am

 

Master of Ceremonies: Paul Sanford, American Legion Past National Vice Commander 
Posting of Colors…………………………………………….…McConnell Air Base 
National Anthem……………………………………………………….Niqole Phillips 
Pledge of Allegiance…........................Jeremy Erhart, Kansas American Legion Vice Commander 
10:10 am, Fly Over…………………………………………McConnell Air Force 
Opening Prayer……Lt. Col. Paul Costello, McConnell Air Force Base Chaplain 
POW/MIA Empty Chair……………………………………Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Laying of Wreaths AL #73, DAR, Valley Center, Sedgwick Co. Coalition 
Welcoming Representing Valley Center………………Mayor Louis Cicirello 
Representing Valley Center American Legion Post 73……….Ron Colbert 
Reading of Proclamations……………………………… Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Introduction of Dignitaries…………………………………..Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Introductions of Speakers……………………………………Paul Sanford, PNVC 

 

Speakers:

U. S. Representative Ron Estes (4th District)

Governor Laura Kelly

State Senator Carolyn McGinn

State Representative Emil M. Bergquist (91st District)

State Representative Steve Huebert (90th District)

Marri Krupco, American Legion State Commander 

 

Introduction of Guest Speaker……………………………..Paul Sanford, PNVC

U. S. Senator Jerry Moran Announcements: 
Closing Prayer: …Lt. Col. Paul Costello, McConnell Air Force Base Chaplain TAPS…………………………………………………………………John Noonan

3 VOLLEY SALUTE ……………………Charlie Company 1/12 Firing Squad

POW/MIA Ceremony October 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Master of Ceremonies: Paul Sanford,

American Legion Past National Vice Commander 
Posting of Colors………………………………..McConnell Air Base National Anthem………………………………………..Niqole Phillips 
Pledge of Allegiance………………………………….Jeremy Erhart, Kansas American Legion Vice Commander 
10:10 am, Fly Over………………………….Valley Center Air Force 
Opening Prayer…Lt. Col. Paul Costello, McConnell Air Force Base Chaplain

POW/MIA Ceremony………………………...…….Paul Sanford, PNVC

Welcoming…………………………………………..Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Poem Reading: IN FLANDERS FIELD 

Introductions of Gold Star Mothers: …….Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Introduction of Blue Star Mothers: ………Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Introduction of Guest Speakers……………Paul Sanford, PNVC 
Lt. Col. Mike Chase, Charlie Company, 1/12 
Lt. Jay Snyder, Charlie Company, 1/12 
Announcements: 
Closing Prayer……Lt. Col. Paul Costello, McConnell Air Force Base Chaplain TAPS…………………………………………………………..John Noonan

3 VOLLEY SALUTE………Charlie Company 1/12 Honor Guard

Closing Ceremony October 25, 2021 @ 8:30 am

Master of Ceremonies: Paul Sanford, American Legion Past National Vice Commander 
Pledge of Allegiance………………………………….Jeremy Erhart, Kansas American Legion Vice Commander

Closing remarks and Prayer…………………..Pastor Harry Cross