"The Reading" Draws Hundreds to Kansas Expocentre

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

Veterans from all over America came to Topeka Saturday to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Reading was held at the Kansas Expocentre and it gave everyone the opportunity to pay tribute and respect.

The event lasted seven hours and many people would come for a few hours and then leave. During that time, 4,596 names of fallen heroes were read and a bell rang for each one.

The idea to honor those who gave their all began in January by a group of Veterans. They say they wanted to give America the opportunity to pay tribute on a national level. Topeka was chosen as the site because of its central location. Even the date, June 14th, had a purpose. It is Flag Day. The event began at 11:00 because of its military significance.

For more information you can visit www.thereading.us or email americastandup@yahoo.com.

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