EL DORADO — The 20th annual Celebration of Freedom is Nov. 4 through 11.
Several activities are scheduled for Nov. 4.
The festivities begin from 8 to 10 a.m. at the VFW Post 1174, 211 N. Main, with a biscuit and gravy breakfast. At 10:40 a.m. people can gather at the historic courthouse for a performance by the Butler Sideliners. The American Legion motorcycle riders will ride-by to kick off the parade, which begins at 11 a.m.
Bill Mason a former Kansas House of Representatives member will be the parade marshal. The parade will begin at Gordy and Ash Sts., and proceed north to Central and then West on Taylor. The parade will end around Taylor and Second. El Dorado American Legion Post 91 will hoist the colors as the parade’s color guards. They will be followed by the mounted color guard from Fort Riley. Several area bands will also march. Weather permitting there will be a flyover by the Kansas National Guard Black Hawk Unity.
Following the parade there will be a hot dog feed and inspection of military equipment from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gordy Park.
The Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central will host a World War II battle reenactment and weapons demonstration. The demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. and the enactment at 2 p.m. The World War II History Center, 119 West Central will be open the entire day.
On Sunday Nov. 5 the day will start with a chicken noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Dorado Elks Lodge #1407, 139 Oil Hill Rd. At 7 p.m. there will be a Celebration of Freedom Concert. Both the Concert band and Jazz Ensemble will preform patriotic songs. Following the concert will be a time for fellowship and refreshments served by the Susannah French Putney Chapter of the DAR. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Clifford Stone Room at Butler Community College Hubbard Center.
Monday Nov. 6 will be a spotlight on youth ice cream social. The El Dorado Middle School band will play. Essay contest winners will be announced. Come down to El Dorado High School, 401 McCollum Rd., at 7 p.m. for ice cream.
There will be a salute to veterans on Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Civic Center. The salute will honor and recognize all men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Also included will be traditional Veterans Day ceremonies conducted by both the American Legion and VFW. The keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Jim Denison.