Kansas City honors Veterans Day with number of events - KCTV5

Kansas City honors Veterans Day with number of events

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Hundreds gathered Monday at the Liberty Memorial to honor local veterans with a special service held inside the National World War I Museum auditorium.

It was one of many events held around the metro honoring all veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

"It's for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice who are still here, those who are gone and those who are still unaccounted for, and for all the things we believe in," said Kevin Bradley who served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Several dignitaries spoke including Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Secretary of State Jason Kander and Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

Kander, a member of the military who has served in active duty overseas, said that veterans must continue to serve their community when they return.

James, a Marine veteran himself, as was his father and his son, spoke about how to truly honor veterans by helping them.

James said men and women who have fought and died for others' freedom are still struggling.  There are 1,800 homeless veterans in Kansas City, he said.

"There are still too many problems that our veterans face," he said.

James also said veterans should not be used as political pawns to make ideological points.

"All people, regardless of what they may believe about politics," James said. "We should demand that the people who put on the uniforms of this nation and offer to lay down their lives for this country and the people in it. They should be treated with the level of dignity and respect they deserve each and every day."

Kansas City's homeless veterans need help, the mayor said.

"It's nice to have a bumper sticker that says, 'Honor the troops,' but we have 1,800 homeless veterans on the streets of Kansas City," James said.

Admission to the National WWI Museum was free Monday.

A 21-gun salute was held at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

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