There are still some aspects of the dedication day that are still being finalized, but Nutz said the dedication ceremony will include several speakers. Mark Notch and some of his Special Forces team are expected to attend, as is Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.
There will be a flyover during the ceremony, Nutz said, and a flyover test is scheduled for November 18th.
The ceremony platform will be up the steps in front of the court near the main entrance. Nutz asked the commissioners for permission to use the court’s atrium as a staging area for some special guests and veterans in the event of cold weather.
Knotts said that while there were originally plans for people to jump out of a plane near the courthouse during the ceremony, city officials’ concerns led to that being moved to the fairgrounds after the dedication.
Nutz asked if flags could be borrowed from the courthouse for the dedication, and wondered if the retractable barriers used in court days to close court staircases could be used to sling the horse soldier’s erection during the dedication. Nutz said that after the dedication, people will be welcomed to get a close-up view of the memorial.
He said the monument is complete except for the bronze plaques that will be placed on the back of the Horse Soldier Monument.
Nutz said music and other pre-consecration events will begin shortly after 9 a.m. in the courtroom with the official dedication program beginning at 10 a.m., and people are asked to bring chairs.
Parking is expected to be a problem that day. A special meeting of the School Board was scheduled for this Tuesday evening to discuss the Washington Rotary School Board’s request of $108 to use buses to transport people for the dedication.
After the dedication, there will be a meet and greet at the fairgrounds which will be open to the public. One or two exhibit buildings may be reserved for special guests and family, but food trucks are sought after for the public, and Nutsch and his team will show up to meet the public.
Planning for the dedication and meet and greet is still ongoing with more details to be announced.