Mike Burton noticed something at Veterans Day events over the past few years:
He recognized everyone there.
“We were talking to ourselves,” said Burton, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and co-chairman of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, known as CMAC.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that some 37,000 veterans live in Clark County. CMAC decided it was time to come up with something new to try to reach that broader audience.
After Saturday’s Lough Legacy Veterans Parade, CMAC is hosting its first Veterans Day Expo at Hudson’s Bay High School, with free coffee, drinks, hot dogs and ice cream. Businesses, local government and community organizations will have tables at the event showcasing their veteran employees, Burton said. The event will also feature face painting, family-friendly interactive activities and military vehicles on display.
“We’re trying to make it a fun event that people would like to go to,” Burton said.
It will open at noon to catch people as they finish watching the parade, organized by the nonprofit Historic Trust.