For the second year in a row, members of Basehor VFW Post 11499 spent Thanksgiving morning with veterans at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth. The post’s members brought doughnuts and rolls of quarters to lead several games of Turkey Run.

For the second year in a row, members of Basehor VFW Post 11499 spent Thanksgiving morning with veterans at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth. The post’s members brought doughnuts and rolls of quarters to lead several games of Turkey Run.

The game was played with bingo balls and a large board with cut-out wooden turkeys. The turkeys moved one space each time the appropriate letter was called.

“We are thankful to our brothers and sisters who came before us,” VFW member and this year’s Turkey Run caller Dan Stuekelmann said before the games began. “It’s the brotherhood of war that we all share and we wanted to share part of our Thanksgiving with part of our brotherhood as a way to thank them for their service.”

Post 11499 visits the Leavenworth VA hospital quarterly to hold a bingo game, visit with residents, bring refreshments and provide prizes to participating residents. This is the second year for the Turkey Run rendition of bingo on Thanksgiving and according to Commander Dave Gunn, the tradition will continue into the foreseeable future. Gunn also recognized the volunteers who gave up part of their own personal Thanksgiving holiday time in order to spend time with the residents of the VA hospital.

Seven Turkey Run games were played this Thanksgiving with VA residents winning cash payouts for correctly picking the turkey who crossed the finish line first. Three additional games with higher payouts were played prior to the end of the session.

“I’ve been a member of this VFW post for about three years now,” said Jenny Conner, who advanced the turkeys for each move on the Turkey Run board this year. “I did a lot of research before I decided which one to join. I picked this post because they are so active and I really like that. Today has been a lot of fun.”

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com