Kansas City honors Veterans Day with number of events - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Kansas City honors Veterans Day with number of events

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:31:15 GMT
    Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.More >>
    Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for...More >>
  • Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31

    Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:49 AM EDT2014-07-23 08:49:07 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 08:43:51 GMT
    By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.More >>
    By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...More >>
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

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.

 Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

  • Kansas City honors Veterans Day with number of eventsMore>>

Powered by WorldNow