Weston • Platte County • Missouri

Retired Lt. Col. Jerry Moon celebrated his first Veteran’s Day as a veteran challenging students and adults to find a way to serve their community and country. 
“Service is not just for the military,” he said. “For some it’s just not their calling. There are other ways to serve your nation and community. 
“So I challenge you to look into anything else that will inspire you or give you drive and inspiration to give service to your fellow citizens and our great nation.” He suggested starting with volunteering and doing community service right in your town and getting to know your fellow citizens. 
“It is very personally rewarding and you’ll find that the return on that is just monumental. What you’ll find is the opportunity to widen your sense of appreciation for other people. Some of them are older with life lessons they can share to help you avoid the bumps down the road we have experienced.
“Enjoy and enter some sort of service for yourself and your community. Enjoy these days when people get together and recognize one another for service and always remember it’s not just those in uniform who serve,” he said. “Lets all do a little bit better in serving our country and community.”

It’s Christmas Time in the City

Coinciding with Veteran’s Day, the Weston Boy Scouts retired American flags at City Hall Saturday, November 6.  Marshall Winkler, Sean Newkirk, Aiden Hamilton, Jackson Sharp and Luke Hamilton demonstrated how to properly cut the flag apart, collect the pieces reverently, then burn them. 

The West Platte Elementary Chorale led a parade from the Methodist Church to Thomas Street, where they performed carols, with two members as bell ringers. In a switch from tradition, the students flipped the switch to light the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.

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Assistant Principal Ryan Ramey, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jerry Moon, American Legion Rep. Michael Goentzel and Principal Brock Dover stood together after the Veteran’s Day program at West Platte High, Thursday morning. The program was live-streamed, making it available to residents in their homes and friends and alumni across the world. 

Blood Drives In the Area

Father Christmas arrived at the tree lighting ceremony Saturday evening, assisted by Chamber President Brent Newkirk and surrounded by hundreds of well wishers. The ceremony kicks off the Holiday Season in downtown Weston.

Father Christmas sat beside the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Saturday evening, after the West Platte Chorale members flipped the switch to light the tree. 

Veteran Challenges Listeners to find a way to Serve

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  
All who come to donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon.* Those who come to give around the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-28, will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.
Atchison
11/19/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benedictine College - Murphy Recreation Center, 1020 North 2nd Street
Saint Joseph
11/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., East Hills Shopping Center, 3702 Frederick Avenue
Leavenworth
11/16/2021: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1101 N. 4th Street

11/22/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Genesis Health Club, 2924 S. 4th St.

Gladstone
11/24/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Community Center, 6901 North Holmes Street
Kansas City
11/26/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Harrah’s North Kansas City Resort and Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive