Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual Veteran’s Salute event returns Saturday at the Midwest Genealogy Center. This year, the celebration will emphasize the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, which ended the fighting of World War I.

In addition to demonstrating gratitude toward veterans, the event offers an opportunity to enjoy artifact displays, activities and performances.

Veteran’s Salute kicks off at 9 a.m. with a performance by the American Legion Band, a group founded soon after World War I and that performs at patriotic events throughout Kansas and Missouri. The Kansas City Bettys, a 1940s-inspired act who sing and dance to World War II songs, will also lend their talents, performing at 10:30 a.m.

National World War I Museum President Matthew Naylor will give the keynote speech. As another part of this partnership, the event will feature a “Hands on History” program, allowing attendees to hold and observe historical artifacts.

“It gets the vets remembering items they used 75 years ago,” said U.S. Army career cavalry officer John Reichley. “It is a super time for veterans of all wars and services to gather to be welcomed and recognized.”

Guests can also expect a visit from KC Wolf and a free tailgate lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. while supplies last. Before the Salute’s conclusion, attending veterans will receive commemorative pins in a special ceremony.

“Whether you are interested in learning more about World War I, or specifically about the service of KC-area veterans, there’s something for everyone,” Mid-Continent Public Library community programming manager Dylan Little said.


Veteran’s Salute takes place at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit https://www.mymcpl.org/events/veterans-salute.