Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas held their 103rd annual assembly Saturday night time in Topeka.

For the primary time in its historical past, the group honored a complete trade at its annual banquet.

“For 100 years we’ve met to honor a Kansan of the 12 months, and tonight we’re doing one thing slightly bit completely different in quite than honor a person or group of people, we’re honoring the complete healthcare system for its response to COVID-19,” stated Clint Patty, co-president of Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

After a two yr hiatus because of the pandemic, the group thought it will be applicable to honor healthcare staff upon its return.

“We haven’t met for 2 years due to the pandemic and after every little thing that all of us had been by as Kansans, there was a thought on the board that we should take a second and mark this time to honor these well being care staff who’ve given us a lot,” Patty stated.

In previous years, the award has gone to 1 single individual for his or her contributions to the state.

“We’ve had everyone from Gordon Parks to Dwight Eisenhower to Bob Dole to Invoice Self to Invoice Snyder simply honored tons of of Kansans who’ve introduced plenty of respect and honor to the state and given nice contributions each to this state and to the nation,” stated Patty.

Patty stated the contributions and sacrifices of healthcare staff are laborious to place into phrases.

“It’s laborious for us to even absolutely even admire it. Anytime there’s a serious catastrophe or one thing occurs on this nation, we received the chance to volunteer, we get a possibility to be concerned in reclamation efforts. We had no alternative to do this with COVID-19, it was too harmful. And so these healthcare staff actually took all of that on their shoulders and beared the complete brunt of that and it means the world.”

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