BHS for Vets plans event at Oct. 22 home football game
Colin Thomas and the Baldwin High School Patriot’s Club are planning a bigger and better second edition of the BHS for Vets ceremony and they’ve had help this year.
In 2008, Thomas planned the first-ever BHS for Vets ceremony at halftime of a football game. Many military veterans came to the game and were honored for their service to the country.
This year’s event was featured on Fox 4 News last week after Phil Witt came to Baldwin City and talked to Thomas. Once the news bit aired, Thomas heard from a handful of area veterans wanting to attend the upcoming ceremony.
“We got some really good feedback after the pieced aired,” Thomas said. “We heard from some veterans who aren’t from our immediate area who are going to be able to come. We are excited about that and hoping for increased attendance this year.”
This year’s BHS for Vets will take place at halftime of the Oct. 22 BHS football game at Liston Stadium. The halftime is expected to be around 8 p.m. Veterans who attend will receive free admission. There will be a check-in table inside the stadium for all veterans.
Thomas said the BHS band will play patriotic songs during the halftime ceremony. They are also working on a private fly over and fireworks for the event.
“We wanted to do it again, because it meant so much to the veterans,” Thomas said. “I feel like it’s something we can do every other year that has a positive impact, not only on the veterans but our community and everyone that is involved.”