The mission of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of El Dorado and the surrounding areas.
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We have become the flagship civic organization of our Community by delivering a unique combination of valuable advocacy and support for commerce, as well as, civic leadership and life enrichment. Our leadership is passionately committed to satisfying our Members and Users needs and achieving our "Community first!" vision. Our staff and volunteers demonstrate a shared sense of purpose and direction as they work cooperatively to achieve our primary goals: Member satisfaction, Membership growth and Community Leadership.
CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM - November 3rd - 11th
MONDAY - November 3rd Spotlight on Youth & Ice Cream Social
The program will include a concert of patriotic music by the Middle School Band. The evening activities will also include the announcement of the winners of a patriotic essay contest for Butler County Students, grades 5 through 8, sponsored by EL DORADO ELKS LODGE 1407.
Location: El Dorado High School - 7:00 p.m.Ice Cream Social Sponsors: BCC Life Enrichment Group, INTRUST, Bank, and Blackburn Construction
SATURDAY - November 8th
Biscuit and Gravy BreakfastBegin your day with a hearty breakfast served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW
Location: VFW Post 1174, 211 North MainTime: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Price: Full Order $5.00 - Half Order $3.00Sponsor: VFW Post 1174 Ladies Auxiliary
Pre-Parade Activities - in front of the Court House - 10:30 a.m.
KANSAS TWISTERS DRILL TEAM - Come early to the parade and watch how well a Gold wing Motorcycle can be handled as the Kansas Twisters Drill Team put them through their drills with ease.
KANSAS AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS MOTORCYCLE RIDE BYMembers of the Kansas American Legion Riders will conduct a ride by before the parade. Members of American Legion Post 136 in Mulvane established the American Legion Riders program in Kansas in 2002. Three years later they created the concept for the Patriot Guard program that has been adopted nationwide. Its mission is twofold: 1)to show respect and honor to all fallen soldiers and support their families and communities by attending funerals as invited guests of the family, and 2) to ensure that organized protestors do not interrupt funeral services for our fallen heroes.
CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM PARADE - 11:00 A.M. Parade Marshall - Wilfred Pettus
The 2014 Parade Marshall is local Veteran Wilfred Pettus, an honored WWII Veteran. Will is a former chemistry teacher at Butler Community College, a member of the Bluestem Kiwanis, avid gardener and a proud father and grandfather. He was a bazooka man with the 87th Infantry Division, 3rd Army, 346th Infantry Regiment, Company C. Pettus joined the Army in 1943 and served in combat in Alsace-Lorraine, France, then fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received injuries by flying shrapnel. He received the Purple Heart for that Battle injury. In 2010, Pettus, with other veterans, returned to Bastogne, Belgium, where he was selected to place a wreath at the Mardasson Memorial to honor the memory of the American soldiers who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge.
"Old Glory" will be flying high as the parade moved through Downtown El Dorado. A Color Guard will be the lead entry followed by several marching bands, numerous floats and an array of military equipment.
This year's parade will honor All Veterans.
The Parade will begin at the intersection of Gordy and Ash (Gordy Park) where it will proceed north to Central, then west on Central to Taylor, turning north on Taylor to 2nd, then east on 2nd to Main, then south on Main bac to Gordy Park.
HOT DOG FEEDWhere else other than at this celebration can you enjoy FREE hot dogs, iced tea and great music by the "Butler Sideliners"? That's right...and it's all FREE
Location: Gordy Park 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.mSponsors: Hot Dog Feed - Westar Energy, Wal-Mart, Kansas Gas Service, Emprise Bank, HollyFrontier, Butler REC, Kansas Basement and Foundation, Red Devil Chefs
INSPECTION OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PARADE UNTIL 1:30 P.M.
WORLD WAR II BATTLE REENACTMENT & WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONCome join us for a WWII weapons demonstration and battle reenactment where you can witness history in action.
Location: El Dorado Elks Lodge #1407 - 139 Oil Hill Road 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Price: $6.00 for adults, children half price - VETERANS EAT FREE
MUSICAL SALUTE TO OUR VETERANSDr. Ed Meyer will direct this musical tribute that includes area singers and the Butler Freedom Players. The concert will have familiar patriotic numbers, including the classic songs of each military branch. Since this is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, songs from that era will also be presented. The theme this year is "A Return to Greatness". A reception will follow.
Location: Old Middle School - 500 W. Central - 7:00 p.m. Free Admission Sponsors: Ted and Barbara Dankert
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11th
SALUTE TO VETERANSThis event will recognize and honor all men and women who sacrificed for our freedom through their service in the U. S. Armed Forces. The agenda will include the traditional Veterans Day ceremoney conducted by members of the local American Legion and VFW posts, the recognition of the Veteran of the Year and a keynote address by Gene Herrmann retired U. S. Navy.
Location: New Middle School - 440 E. Wildcat Way - 11:00 a.m.
The annual Celebration of Freedom, now in its 17th year, is coordinated by the Celebration of Freedom Committee of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.