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Local veterans are honored with banners in Independence Square

As November begins, the Kansas City area prepares for Veterans Day. Work is underway in Independence Square to show support for several local heroes. Independence, Missouri firefighter Chad Sappenfield served his country as well as his community. “Chad has always been on a mission to help others. His quote was, ‘It’s okay not to be well,'” said Michael Veit of the Independence Fire Department. Sadly, Chad is one of thousands of American veterans to take their own lives. On Tuesday, his former fire station showed up to pay their respects. “It was a great honor to be able to hang a banner honoring Chad,” Veit said. Chad, along with 17 other local veterans, are honored by the Jackson County Historical Society with banners around Independence Square. It’s part of a program called Hometown Heroes. “A moment to reflect and take some relevance in the fact of how lucky we are as Americans and who have served and what they have given us in the service,” said Christian Shuster of the Jackson County. Historical Society. The banners will remain in Independence Square throughout the month of November. Each hero’s family will also be able to take the banner home. “Veterans, even though they’re still going home, are still hurting, and suicide is a huge problem among our veterans, and we have to find a way to help take care of them,” Veit said. A total of 18 banners honor KC area veterans. This also includes one for President Harry Truman.

As November begins, the Kansas City area prepares for Veterans Day. Work is underway in Independence Square to show support for several local heroes.

Independence, Missouri firefighter Chad Sappenfield served his country as well as his community.

“Chad has always been on a mission to help others. His quote was, ‘It’s okay not to be well,'” said Michael Veit of the Independence Fire Department.

Sadly, Chad is one of thousands of American veterans to take his own life. On Tuesday, his former fire station showed up to pay their respects.

“It was a great honor to be able to hang a banner honoring Chad,” Veit said.

Chad, along with 17 other local veterans, are honored by the Jackson County Historical Society with banners around Independence Square.

It’s part of a program called Hometown Heroes.

“A moment to reflect and take some relevance in the fact of how lucky we are as Americans and who have served and what they have given us in the service,” said Christian Shuster of the Jackson County. Historical Society.

The banners will remain in Independence Square throughout the month of November. Each hero’s family will also be able to take the banner home.

“Veterans, even though they’re still going home, are still hurting, and suicide is a huge problem among our veterans, and we have to find a way to help take care of them,” Veit said.

A total of 18 banners honor KC area veterans. This also includes one for President Harry Truman.

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