Honor our Heroes Festival – Celebrate Sacrifice Honoring those who risk their lives to serve us.

As the anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster nears, people in the Lee’s Summit area reach out to salute local heroes.

Released on = August 26, 2005, 7:25 am

Press Release Author = Matt Starr with Celebrate Sacrifice

Industry = Non Profit

Press Release Summary = Honor our Heroes Event for firefighters, police, EMT's, and military and their families in the Lee's Summit and Kansas City, MO areas to recognize that they risk their lives every day to serve and protect us. Free and open to the public.

Press Release Body = Churches from 15 area congregations are working together to host the 3rd annual event in Lee’s Summit to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the public. Everyone is invited to the event. Area law enforcement personnel, firefighters, EMT/trauma
professionals and members of the armed services and all of their families have been invited as the guests of honor for the celebration. In addition, community officials are expected to be on hand for the salute to our true community heroes. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will have food, fun, games and activities for the entire family.

Organizing churches of the event want to say thank you to the heroes who put their lives on the line every day, gather the community to do so, and to communicate that Jesus Christ is the model for sacrifice.

On Thursday, September 8th, there will be a citywide prayer service on the Celebrate Sacrifice grounds at 1800 NE Independence Ave. The prayer service will begin at 7:00 pm and continue until 8:30 pm. The purpose of this prayer meeting is to pray in advance of the Celebrate Sacrifice event. This cooperative effort of many churches in the community who join together to honor the heroes of our community
that risk their lives to serve and protect us. Bring your umbrella if needed. For more information contact Steve Bartlett at: 816-524-5575.

Live Music from area bands and choirs will perform during the event. Fun for the entire family includes a rock-climbing wall, AirZOOKA, team challenge obstacle course, bounce castle, children’s amazing maze, a battleBOT Arena, moonwalk and more. Kids will have fun with face painting and other activities.

Entertainment and special performances include the United States Marine Color Guard, Interpretive dancers, Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, KC Wolf, Slugger, Dynamo the Dragon, area cheerleading groups, Clowns and a Magician.

The popular Hummer rides are back again this year. A Vietnam Vet’s group will have a display that includes a Huey Helicopter. The event will also include the LifeFlight Eagle Helicopter and an antique fire truck.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2005
Time: 2:00 to 8:30 pm, with food served at 4 pm.

Location: New Summit Presbyterian Church, 1800 NE Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit, MO. For directions or more information call 816-246-7474.

For more information about the event, go to the Celebrate Sacrifice Website: www.celebratesacrifice.com

Parking is available at the event, including handicap parking. Due to road construction anticipated during the event at Colbern Rd & Independence Ave., alternative parking lots are available with FREE Shuttle service to the event. The public can park and ride to “Celebrate Sacrifice” from the parking lots at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 501 NE Missouri Rd, or at G.E.H.A., 310 NE Mulberry or
Meadow Lane Elementary School, 1421 Independence Ave.

Directions: With road construction anticipated at Colbern Rd and Independence Ave., these alternate routes are suggested:
From Wal-Mart at Tudor Rd and Independence Ave., go north on Independence, then turn left at the Celebrate Sacrifice grounds at 1800 NE Independence Ave. or from Waffle House at Douglas Road, go east on Missouri Road (which is just south of I-470) and
turn right at the Celebrate Sacrifice grounds.

Celebrate Sacrifice Event Organizing Churches:
The Celebrate Sacrifice Event started in 2003. It has quickly grown from involving three churches to TWELVE for the 3rd annual 2005 Festival. Abundant Life Baptist Church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Church of Lee’s Summit, Deerbrook Covenant Church, El Shaddai International Ministries, First Baptist Church
of Lee’s Summit, First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit, First Presbyterian Church of Paola, Grace Baptist Church, Langsford Road Community Church, Lee’s Summit Community Church, New Summit Presbyterian Church, Seed of Faith Church, Ward Parkway
Presbyterian Church, Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

Web Site = http://www.celebratesacrifice.com

Contact Details = Media Contact:
For more information and/or to set-up interviews, please contact Matt Starr: day: 913-693-8565, night: 816-525-4109 email: mstarr@kc.rr.com Address: 1800 NE Independence Ave., Lee's Summit, MO 64064

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