Veterans and those who served and died have holidays dedicated in their honor.
On Friday, people of all ages can pay tribute to active duty members of America’s military by donning a red shirt as a show of support.
Red Shirt Friday is an annual day of recognition sponsored by the Sedalia School District 200 City Parent Teacher Association; the day is designed to show support for military members and their families. According to a news release from the CPTA, Red Shirt Friday “is not about politics ... it is simply an opportunity for Sedalians to let servicemen and women know they are supported for their sacrifices.”
CPTA encourages all residents, not just students, to wear red on Friday.
Smith-Cotton High School history teacher Steve Schilb said it is “one time when we honor those serving right now all over the world.” Participation at the high school has been good in the past, he said, but with greater promotion he expects more students and staff to be wearing red on Friday.
Schilb is sponsor of S-C’s Key Club, a service group affiliated with Kiwanis International. In honor of Red Shirt Friday, the club is having a chili cook-off and pie-eating contest. The chili cook-off will pit 15 faculty, staff and administration members against one another, with Sedalia police officers and firefighters serving as judges. The police and firefighters then will compete in the pie-eating contest, where using their hands will be forbidden.
Key Club President Mercedes Kuhns and Vice President Alyssa Weikal will coordinate all the activities.
“It ought to be a pretty big deal,” Schilb said of the event. “I expect it will be quite a lively competition.”