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2018 Veterans Salute

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Join us at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Saturday, September 22, for Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual Veterans Salute. This event pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of our community’s veterans. You'll also be able to participate in a mobile scavenger hunt.

This year, Veteran's Salute honors the signing of the Armistice of 1918 that ended fighting during World War I.

Attendees will be able to view displays of military memorabilia and from several different wars, have the opportunity to interact with representatives of veterans services organizations, and participate in family-friendly activities.

During the event, participate in a special 2018 Veterans Salute Scavenger Hunt for prizes by downloading the free GooseChase iPhone or Android app onto your phone or tablet. (see more details below the schedule)

The keynote speaker at the event's opening ceremony is Dr. Matthew Naylor, Ph.D; President and CEO of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Parking: Limited parking is available at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Overflow parking with shuttle service begins at 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. is available nearby from the north parking lot of St. Mark's Catholic Church (3736 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO). 

 

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  American Legion Band (outdoors)
9:30 a.m.  American Legion Riders Ride-In (outdoors)
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony (outdoors)
  • Posting of the Colors
  • National Anthem
  • Speakers: Steven V. Potter (Library Director), Eileen Weir (Mayor of Independence)
  • Keynote Introduction: John Reichley
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matthew C. Naylor (President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial)
  • U.S. Armed Forces Medley performed by the American Legion Band
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Military Collector and Military Vehicle Displays
  • Military artifacts and memorabilia displays (indoors)
  • Bell UH-1 Huey Helicopter and other military vehicles on display (outdoors)
10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. The Kansas City Bettys musical performance (outdoors)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  KC Wolf and Photo Booth (indoors)
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. American Red Cross "Communicating Clearly" Workshop for Veterans and family members (indoors).
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. National World War I Museum "Hands On History" Experience (indoors)
11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Oral History Interviews - attendees can sign up at the front desk for a time to record their military  (indoors)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Free tailgate lunch from Hy-Vee (while supplies last)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   American Red Cross "Communicating Clearly" Workshop for Veterans (indoors)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Veteran Appreciation Pinning Ceremony (outdoors). All veterans will receive a special commemorative pin in honor of their service.
3:00 p.m

Closing

 

Special Exhibit

Visitors to Veterans Salute will also be able to view a special exhibit that tells the impact of Missourians on World War I. Over There: Missouri and The Great War is currently on display at the Midwest Genealogy Center through October 28.

The traveling exhibit explores the many facets of World War I history through the perspectives and contributions of Missouri and Missourians. Through a series of display panels, the exhibit tells stories that pay tribute to the contributions of Missouri women and African-Americans to the war effort, the vital role Missouri horses and mules played in the war, despite the use of new motorized vehicles, and many others. The exhibit was developed with funding from the Missouri Humanities Council, Friends of Springfield-Green County Library District, and the RDW Family and Community Fund.


Exhibitors & Performers
17th Airborne Reenactors 
335th Assault Helicopter Co. Falcons
American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City 
Antique Radio Collectors Club 
Catholic war Veterans
Jewish War Veterans
Kansas City Bettys 
Kansas City Military Collectors Club (KCMCC)
Korean War Veterans Association
Motor Vehicle Preservation Society (Hell on Wheels Chapter) 
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Simpson -Hoggatt Detachment of the Marine Corps League 
Vietnam Veteran's of America Chapter 243 
Vietnam Veterans of America 
WWII US Army 42nd Field Hospital Re-Enactors

 Military Service Organizations
American Red Cross  
Kansas City Veterans Center
Missouri Veteran’s Commission
Veterans Community Project 

 

Veterans Salute

Sat, Sep 22 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
Join us at the Midwest Genealogy Center for the Library’s annual tribute to the service and sacrifice of our community’s veterans. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr.
Event Details
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 Take part in the 2018 Veterans Salute Scavenger Hunt!

MCPL customers can participate in a mobile scavenger hunt during Veterans Salute through the free GooseChase app. Hunters can earn points by completing “missions” at during Veterans Salute. Once a participant has earned 1,000 points, they are qualified to win a family four-pack of tickets to the National World War I Museum and Memorial!

How does it work?

On Saturday September 22, hunters can earn points by completing missions like taking selfies a veteran and of military vehicles on display, or finding answers to questions on the Over There: Missouri and The Great War special exhibit, and other activities. A couple of missions will require you to use your MCPL Access Pass number of reach databases with the answers to those questions.  If you don’t have an MCPL Access Pass, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of other missions to do without one.

Who can participate?

This scavenger hunt is intended for individuals who are over the age of 13 and have access to a smartphone or tablet. Anyone attending Veterans Salute can participate.

What do I have to do?

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    Download the free GooseChase iPhone or Android app onto your phone or tablet.
  2. Register for a personal account with a username and password of your choice.
  3. Search for the 2018 Veterans Salute Scavenger Hunt game and follow the prompts.

You will not be able to see the list of missions until 9:00 a.m. on September 22, but you can sign up any time before or during the hunt which ends 3:00 p.m. at the end of Veterans Salute.

What can I win?

All winners will be chosen at random from participants who earn 1,000 points or more. The grand prize winner will receive a family four-pack of tickets to the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  

Do I have to have an MCPL Access Pass (Library card)?

A couple of missions will require you to use your MCPL Access Pass number of reach databases with the answers to those questions.  If you don’t have an MCPL Access Pass, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of other missions to do without one.

Can other people see my photos and videos?

Part of the fun of this game is that you can see the photos and videos that other people post to accomplish their missions and they can see yours.

Please keep this in mind and make sure the content you post is viewable by a wide range of people. We reserve the right to remove any posts that aren't family-friendly which will delete points associated with that mission, but we know that won't need to happen!

What are the rules?

  • You must be 13 years of age or older.
  • By playing the game, you agree that GooseChase and the Library have access to your email address and can contact you.
  • By playing the game, you acknowledge that your photo and video submissions will be available for other participants to see and for MCPL to use in promotion of the game on social media and other channels.
  • MCPL reserves the right to remove any inappropriate content submitted by a participant and to disqualify them from playing the game.
  • Winners will be drawn at random from all participants who are 13 years old and older and who score 1,000 points or more during the scavenger hunt.  
  • Mid-Continent Public Library employees and members of their immediate household are not eligible to win prizes in this game.
     

Still have questions?

If you don't see the answer to your question, please contact us at scavengerhunt@mymcpl.org.

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