The Gift of Freedom
Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, Program & Open House
November 10, 2007

We would like to thank all who made our Veterans Celebration a success.   Congresswoman Nancy Boyda,  Representative Bob Grant, State Senator Jim Barone and Anne Emerson,  Community Development Director  for Senator Sam Brownback all took time from their busy schedules to spend the afternoon with our most deserving citizens – our veterans.   We appreciate the time they spent with us and their inspiring words.   We thank Dr. Ron Seglie for coming “home” to Franklin to share his experiences and thoughts with us.  We are so grateful to dedicated teachers like Lori Pommier and Renee Popejoy.  Lori brought her 4th & 5th grade students to perform a USO type show which was the highlight of the afternoon.   Renee and her KAY (Kansas Association of Youth) high school students served our luncheon.  We appreciate their wonderful show of respect for our veterans.   These students are sure to be our future leaders.  Thanks to Larry Ent of Alpha Phi Sigma for his help throughout the day.   We were honored to have Tony Zemlock and Warren Jones to share the day with us.  Tony & Warren are both former POWs.  ChesterClark” Fikes, a former POW, intended to join us but was hospitalized and unable to attend.  We send our best wishes to him.    We would also like to thank Frank Bozich for sharing the day with us.   We were proud to have the opportunity to honor him for his special award as “Oldest Living Kansas Veteran”.   A special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan and organize the event, prepare the refreshments and take charge of the entire afternoon.. It would not be possible without these dedicated people.   Thank you all for your support.  Most of all we would like to thank our veterans who we honored on this day.   They are the true heroes. 

Letter from Senator Sam Brownback

2006 Presidential Proclamation

State Senator Jim Barone speech

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