Governor Laura Kelly held a special ceremony today in recognition of Kansas servicemembers, veterans and their families.

“I can think of no more sacred duty than to recognize and support those who have served and those who are actively defending our way of life,” said Governor Laura Kelly.

Kelly was joined by Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers; Lieutenant General (R) Perry Wiggins; Kansas Adjutant General, Major General Lee Tafanelli; Installation Commanders and members of the Kansas Military Council for the ceremonial proclamation signing for Armed Forces Appreciation Day designating today, March 21, 2019.

The governor also signed a proclamation designating Vietnam Veteran’s Appreciation Day for March 29, 2019 and presented the Kansas Vietnam Veteran Medallion to the following individuals:

• Charlie Henry, US Air Force, Topeka
• Michael Sparkman, US Army, Topeka
• Damian Wilson, US Army, Kansas City

Kelly was joined by Mr. Greg Burden with the Kansas Commission on Veteran’s Affairs Office and Kansas Adjutant General, Major General Lee Tafanelli in the presentation of the Medallions. Ken McCabe, US Army, from Council Grove, was also recognized but unable to attend the ceremony. Following the ceremony, the governor attended the Governor’s Military Council meeting.