Mayor to honor military police
The tornado brought the soldiers here once.
And it's bringing them here again this time for a Christmas party.
The 35th Military Police Company, Topeka, sent 18 soldiers to Tonganoxie to help secure the city after the May 11 tornado raked the town.
Soldiers spent a day and a half on May 12 and 13 keeping guard at streets leading into Tonganoxie and trying to keep unnecessary traffic out of the city.
Because this was the only such mission for this National Guard unit this year, the company has decided to hold its annual Christmas party in Tonganoxie.
"We chose Tonganoxie because the tornado was here," said Capt. Scott Henry, Topeka.
John Franiuk, Tonganoxie mayor, will present awards to the soldiers who assisted in the aftermath of the May 11 tornado.
"I think it was really neat that in our hour of need, the military police were able to respond," Franiuk said. "I feel it's an honor to be there to help present the awards and to help them celebrate their Christmas holiday with their families and with my family."
The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 3, will be held at the Tonganoxie High School. Approximately 90 soldiers and their families are expected to attend.