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More than 130 current and former military members, including several WWII veterans along with police and firefighters and their families, attended the free event.
This November, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is honoring America’s active duty and military veterans with a special celebration for National Military Month. It includes partnerships and programs with select military support organizations, including recognition events for the NABC Recycled Rides program, local veterans organizations, Fisher House and other deserving groups.
CARSTAR Wicklunds in Liberty, Mo., along with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, hosted their 9th annual Military Appreciation Celebration on Nov. 3rd. More than 130 current and former military members, including several WWII veterans along with police and firefighters and their families, attended the free event.
The evening included a Color Guard, National Anthem, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps. Military and first responders were also treated to a dinner spread, which included a 250-lb. roasted hog with all the fixings, pizza, turkey and sides. There was a complete USO-style show with a 50-person dance troupe and magicians. More than 150 prizes were also handed out.
Money was raised at the event in the form of donations for Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that honors America’s veterans by transporting them to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.
“Every time we put on this event, it becomes more and more special,” said Gerald Wicklund, owner of CARSTAR Wicklunds. “It is nice to be able to say ‘Thank you’ and recognize the hard work and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our freedom.”
In addition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, sponsors also included Carolyn’s Country Cousins, CM Mose & Sons and North Kansas City Beverage Company.