It was a beautiful day for a rededication ceremony for the Atchison County Memorial Building. The board members of the Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation have worked extremely hard in getting phase three of the reconstruction and remodel complete. On Saturday, November 9, 2019, the doors opened at 2:00 p.m. for the open house. Everyone had an opportunity to check out the entire building. The museum has two glass cabinets. One contains items that were found in the wall or under the stage as they were remodeling. The other cabinet had several memorabilia items from World War I. As you made your way around there were three servicemen’s uniforms on display. At 2:30 p.m. board president Dan Fries welcomed everyone to the rededication ceremony. Ralph Greer Post #49 members Jack Smith, Kelly Daugherty, and Mary Kahn presented the colors. They led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by Atchison County Sheriff Dennis Martin, who sang verses one and four of the national anthem. Board members Bob Jones, Mike Green, and Scott Deatz gave some history on the Memorial Building and talked about the renovation that had been done. The Ladies in Black (Lynn Hunter, Malisa Linthicum, Debbie Johnson, and Debra Wyatt) entertained the crowed with songs both past and present. In closing, Pastor Andrew Sanders gave a prayer and Shawn Minter sang “God Bless the USA.”
Ralph Greer Post #49 members Jack Smith, Kelly Daugherty, and Mary Kahn presented the colors.
Greg Chamberlain’s Navy uniform was on display. Greg served from 1948 to 1950.
The Liberty Theatre is now a beautiful showcase.
This cabinet showcased several items from WWI.
Board member Bob Jones gave some history of the Memorial Building.
Scott Deatz talked about the early phases of renovation that were done at the Memorial Building.
Board member Mike Green updated everyone on the final phase of renovations to the Memorial Building.
Pastor Andrew Sanders gave the closing prayer.
Items discovered in the walls of the Memorial Building during renovation were on display, as well as Bud Husing’s scrapbook.
Dan Fries, president of the Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation, welcomed guests to the rededication ceremony.
Picture displays included events held through the years at the Memorial Building.
The uniform of William Stepp was on display outside the Liberty Theatre. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the European Theater and landed on the beaches at Normandy on D-Day.
Ladies in Black performed several military melodies. Pictured above, left to right, are Malisa Linthicum, Lynn Hunter, Debbie Johnson, and Debra Wyatt.
Members of the sixth grade class helped give tours and joined in on the singing of the national anthem.
Shawn Minter brought everyone to their feet with “God Bless the USA.”
Jim Allen rededicated the Memorial Building to the citizens, friends, and veterans of Atchison County.