VVA’s Chapter 604 in Topeka, Kansas , is sponsoring a tribute to Americans troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on June 14, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, at that city’s Kansas Expocentre. The tribute, called The Reading, will include patriotic songs and a solemn reading of the names of those service personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As names are read, placards with the fallen troops’ names, date of death and home state will be displayed on the stage by family members and other supporters. A bell will be rung and silenced for each of the 4, 533 names. The placards will be given to family members or displayed on a hillside adjacent to the Expocentre. That night, members of the local Junior ROTC will stand vigil over the names. Members of Chapter 604 will give a 21-gun salute and a Taps will be played.
For more information, go to www.thereading.us