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Veterans program will feature wounded warrior

11/2/2011

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

A special program, "America is No. 1," is planned Nov. 10 at the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2106 Hall.

The buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m.

The program will honor veterans, said Roger Ewing, coordinator of the Big First tea party and organizer of the event.

"It's a way of saying thank you for protecting our country," he said.

However, the program isn't just for veterans.

Speakers will include John Boerstler, a wounded warrior from the "Wounded Warrior Project." Boerstler is a Marine from Texas who served in several countries and was wounded in Iraq, Ewing said.

Richard Fry, a constitutional attorney, and radio talk show host Paul Ibbetson also will speak.

Five World War II veterans, all older than 90, will be honored with a tribute.

The program will feature patriotic music.

Ewing said the group also plans to announce a humanitarian of the year award at the event.

"It will go to someone who has made life better for other people," he said.

Nominations are open to anyone living in the First Congressional District. To nominate someone, write a brief explanation why that person should be recognized. Send nominations to P.O. Box 423, Hays, KS 67601.

The deadline for nominations is Monday.

A committee will decide the winner.

Cost to attend the event is $20, and $15 for veterans.

Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check to the above address or purchasing them at a table set up at The Mall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.