The West Central Missouri Veterans Assistance League will host its second annual Day of Honor and Remembrance on Memorial Day, May 30, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg. 

This is a chance to honor all veterans past and present, as well as those who are currently serving in the military. There are multiple levels of sponsorships that individuals, families, businesses and organizations can participate in.

The first is the light pole banner level. These cost $225 and will be hung in the Missouri Veterans Home parking lot from Memorial Day Weekend until mid-December. Since they are two-sided, sponsors can honor one or two veterans. They include the veteran’s picture, name and branch of service. When the banners are taken down in December, the sponsor may pick it up. They are 24” wide by 48” tall. We had 33 banners hung in 2021.

The second level is a yard sign sponsorship. These cost $60 and include a veteran’s picture, name and branch of service. They will be placed around the fire lane at the Missouri Veterans Home on Memorial Day for an Honor Drive. In addition, they will be brought to the Veterans Assistance League’s Scramble for Freedom Golf Tournament on June 5 at Royal Oaks Golf Course. Following the tournament, sponsors may pick up their sign.

The final level of sponsorship is a luminary level. These cost $25 and include a veteran’s name and branch of service. They will be placed around the home’s fire lane and lit at dusk on Memorial Day Night for a luminary drive-thru tour.

“This is a great way to honor the fallen who we miss so much on Memorial Day. It keeps their faces and light shining brightly and reminds us to never forget their service and sacrifices,” said Latisha Koetting, supervisor of volunteer services. “In addition, it’s a wonderful way to honor the present. With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s the kind of gift that keeps on giving. You are honoring your favorite veteran while enhancing the lives of other veterans."

Service photos need to be high resolution and good quality. Small photos won’t reproduce well. They may be emailed to Latisha.Koetting@mvc.dps.mo.gov.
The deadline for the banners is Friday, May 10. The deadline for the luminaries is Wednesday, May 25. Checks can be made payable to the Veterans Assistance League and sent to the Missouri Veterans Home at 1300 Veterans Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093. For more information, call 660-429-4661.

In the photos: These are pictures from the 2021 Day of Honor and Remembrance. They show the transformation of what it looks like from daylight to dusk. A luminary drive-thru tour will be hosted on Memorial Day Night at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

Mark and Joy Wesley, of Concordia, decided to sponsor two special veterans in their family in 2021 – their fathers. On Memorial Day, they brought their entire family to the Veterans Home to see the light pole banners up close and in person.

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