Over 25 million Americans served in the United States Armed Forces beginning with the American Revolution to today’s War on Terror. Veterans Day is your opportunity to honor veterans and their families for keeping this country free. Fort Scott National Historic Site staff and volunteers invite you to a special afternoon tribute to veterans on Sunday, November 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
Talented speakers including park volunteer Robert Thomas, superintendent Arnold Schofield of Mine Creek Battlefield, and Fort Scott Community College teacher John Seal will weave stories that will link past and present soldiers, providing you the opportunity to learn similarities from veterans serving at Fort Scott during the 1800s to soldiers of today.
Combat veteran Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence Cripps, keynote speaker, will present the program, “A Time to Honor the Cost of Freedom”. Mr. Cripps served in the Navy aviation field and flight engineer for 33 years. In civilian life, he served as a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Blue & Gray Brass Brigade Band, a seven piece Civil War era music ensemble based in Kansas City, Kansas. Their primary music goal is to recreate sounds and music of brass brigade bands popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Instrumentation of the group is Eb Cornet, 2 Bb Cornets, Eb Alto Horn, Bb Tenor hour, Tuba, and Drums. Following the program, you are invited to stay and listen to more military music provided by the Blue & Gray Brass Brigade Band.