Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Director Dana Evans announced recently that the Third Annual Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year's theme will be "Stars and Stripes." Plans have not been finalized for all events, however the following organizations are scheduled to be in attendance: South Dakota Veteran Administration Hospital of Sioux Falls; Iowa Veteran Administration Regional Office of Des Moines; Camp Dodge Veteran Office; County and National Veteran Service Officers; Military Units; Sioux City Vet Center.
Plus the commercial building at the fair grounds will be hosting area venders. Evans explains "Were hoping for a lot of community involvement this year.
"Our goal is to have this celebration bigger than ever, eventually as big as Flag Fest in Spencer." Evans added "Were still open to ideas, we are inviting all of the county businesses to get involved. We're open to anything to make our Veteran Appreciation Day better."
Other events planned will be an interactive on-line booth where former service personal or the families can look up information on service records, medical records, deployment, and medals or commendations that have been received.
There also will be an area reserved to show younger kids movies from Military One Source on why a parent has to be gone from home. On the same theme there will also be a Power Point presentation available to help families cope with long deployment.
Plus, this year there will be donation boxes at the celebration for people wishing to drop off items for soldiers who are currently serving. Evans suggest that if people bring gifts to be shipped overseas that people bring items that the whole company can use and not just an individual.
For more information or to help with the planning of this year's celebration contact Dana Evans at 225-6319 or 282-4360.