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Immigrants speak at Loyalty Day program in KCK

Rudy Padilla, a second-generation American, talked about the history of Hispanic American veterans at a Loyalty Day program today at Rosedale Middle School. The program focused on the contributions of American immigrants. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Immigrants told a Loyalty Day audience today about their experiences in America and talked about their feelings of loyalty to America.

Heavy rain pushed the ceremony for Loyalty Day, originally scheduled at the Rosedale Arch, inside to the Rosedale Middle School gymnasium Saturday morning.

Rudy Padilla, who is in the second generation of his family in America, said many of his family had served in the military. Sometimes people do not understand the history of World War I and II, he added.

Before World War I, Germany tried to get Mexico to come into the war on the side of the Axis, but there were many Mexican-Americans who were loyal to the United States, he said.

He talked about the history of some Mexican-Americans patriots in the U.S. Army during World War I.

Liliane Baraban told a Loyalty Day audience today that when she came to America, she got very involved in educational and volunteer activities. She was a speaker at the program held at Rosedale Middle School. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Liliane Baraban, a pediatrician originally from Brazil, told the group that “I needed America, and I felt America needed me, too.”

When she came to America, she became involved in many activities, including education and volunteer work.

She advised other immigrants to give themselves first to their country.

“Embrace America and America will embrace you back,” she said.

The British recruited thousands of soldiers from India, many of them Sikhs, to fight in World War I, said Amar Singh. He spoke at a Loyalty Day program held today at Rosedale Middle School. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

In World War I, the British recruited soldiers from India, including many Sikhs, and from 80,000 to 90,000 Indians were killed during the war, according to Amar Singh.

While it may seem to some observers of the news that America is coming apart, with divisions among various groups, Singh felt that the United States is sticking together in common goals.

He made a reference to a recent hate crime against Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian engineer who was killed in Olathe, and said one misguided man shot another person, and then a third man came up to assist a man who was shot.

“Even though it may look like we are different, when push comes to shove, we are the same,” Singh said.

He said soldiers were fighting not for any particular segment of America, but just trying to protect all of America.

The Rosedale Arch is a monument in Kansas City, Kansas, that commemorates war veterans. It was built after the end of World War I. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Originally the program was scheduled at the Rosedale Arch, which was built in 1923, after the end of World War I, and is a miniature version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The VFW Department of Kansas, 2nd District, selected the arch as the site for the Loyalty Day Celebration for the Greater Kansas City area.

Because this year is the centennial for the U.S. entry into World War I, program organizers decided to highlight the legacy of World War I veterans, many of whom were immigrants, said Greg Goode, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7348, Louisburg Kansas.

Their stories recognized the same type of effort of the immigrants who fought in World War I, and there is that same loyalty to America happening today, he said.

Goode’s grandfather’s name is on the list of the soldiers that are honored as World War I veterans.

Loyalty Day has been proclaimed every year since 1958 by every president of the United States, Goode said.

The Loyalty Day celebration here was coordinated by the VFW Post 7348, the Rosedale Development Association and the Unified Government.

Greg Goode, right, commander of the VFW Post 7348, made opening remarks at the Loyalty Day program. The program was held today at the Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Saturday events

In the event of inclement weather, call first to see if the event is still on.

Annual quilt show to be April 28 at Grinter
The Quilters at Grinter Barn, 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, are holding their annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Barbara J. Eikmeier will be the guest speaker at a program at 1 p.m. Saturday. She is a well-known pattern and fabric designer who will present a trunk show and a look into how she started her line of fabrics. Admission to hear Eikmeier is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Children 5 and younger are free. Admission to the quilt show is free. Anyone who would like to enter a quilt in the show, or who has a quilt that needs to be finished, may stop in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the basement of the Grinter Barn and talk to the quilters.

Young Child Fair planned April 29 at Bonner library
The seventh annual Young Child Fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, has a theme this year of “Books, Blocks, Bubbles and Barks.” There will be activities throughout the library, including Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol; a show at 11 a.m. by the KC Disc Dogs; and reading to a therapy dog. In addition, the Young Child Fair includes an opportunity to play with blocks to learn about science and math; make and enjoy a snack; a special puppy storytime with guest readers; a free book; and the opportunity for families to receive information from local agencies. The event for families with young children is co-sponsored with the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Public Schools Parents as Teachers. The program is free and open to the public.

Loyalty Day program planned April 29 at Rosedale Arch
The Rosedale Arch near 35th and Booth in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of a Loyalty Day Celebration planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with the Rosedale Development Association and the Unified Government, are holding the celebration. The city of Louisburg’s VFW Post 7348 is the host of activities this year at the Rosedale Arch. Greg Goode is the commander of the VFW Post 7348. There will be patriotic music, a color guard, guest speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to the event, and there is more information at In case there is a lot of rain on Saturday, the event will be held in the Rosedale Middle School gym, 3600 Springfield, Kansas City, Kansas.

Blood drive scheduled April 29
The Joe E. Amayo Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29. For more information, visit

Eric Jerome Dickey to appear in KCK
Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will be the host for popular urban fiction author Eric Jerome Dickey as part of the tour for his latest book “Finding Gideon.” The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the Reardon Convention Center at 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Following a moderated question-and-answer session, Dickey will sign books. Books will be available for purchase and a limited number of free copies will be given away to the first to arrive. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to register at Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, though registration is required to attend. Doors will open an hour prior to the start of the event.

Sporting KC to play Real Salt Lake
Sporting KC will entertain Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. For those who cannot attend, the match will be aired on Fox Sports Kansas City Plus.

Electricity shut off for 96-year-old resident

Mary Winchell, 96, said power has been off at her house for about two weeks.

An electrical meter to Mary Winchell’s home was damaged, resulting in the meter being removed.

A 96-year-old resident of Kansas City, Kansas, says she doesn’t know what to do with the power being off at her house for a few weeks.

Mary Winchell, 96, lives on North 81st and says her electrical meter was damaged when a truck carrying lumber drove through her yard without permission.

Lines went down in the backyard, and the utility took out the damaged meter, she said. The truck also may have damaged a water line underground, she believes.

Winchell has lived there for more than 60 years, and said she wants to remain there.

“I just don’t know what to do,” she said.