BHS salute to veterans enhanced for Friday
Colin Thomas’s effort to honor veterans got a big boost last week when he received confirmation that there will be a military flyover and Sen. Pat Roberts will be here Friday for the event at Liston Stadium.
“The committee and I are thrilled about having such exciting additions to the program,” said Thomas, a sophomore at Baldwin High School.
Along with committee members Lauren Barnes, a junior, and sophomores Carson Barnes and Michaela Krysztof, Thomas has orchestrated the event to honor veterans during the BHS football game. They had most of the plans set, but were just waiting to hear back on the last two features.
The Topeka National Guard is supplying the military flyover in the form of a Blackhawk helicopter. That will occur immediately before the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Sen. Roberts will make remarks at halftime and present a flag to BHS that was flown over the U.S. Capitol to honor all area veterans. There will also be a fireworks display at halftime.
All area veterans are invited to attend and will be admitted free. They will also be recognized at midfield during halftime.
“We hope that all local veterans will come out to the game Friday to be recognized and that the Baldwin City community will come out to support our veterans,” said Thomas.
The BHS students took it upon themselves to honor the veterans after an event last year at BHS that went wrong.
Last year’s Veteran’s Day disaster occurred at BHS when an Army recruiter who had been brought in for the program hit the wrong icon on his computer. Instead of the pro-Veteran’s Day slide show he’d planned, the students were subjected to foul language and graphic scenes intended for viewing by Army personnel.
The presentation caused an uproar and apologies from the Army and school district officials. The school district also vowed to review presentations ahead of time.