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Combat Air Museum to host May 22 pancake feed, May 31 ‘Taps Across America’ event



TOPEKA, Kan. – Topeka’s Combat Air Museum will host its 27th annual celebrity pancake feed Saturday, May 22, followed by a “Taps Across America” event featuring swing dancing, a guest speaker and a bugler’s playing of “Taps” on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.

Saturday’s fundraising pancake feed will be from 7 a.m. to noon in the museum at 7016 S.E. Forbes Ave. at Topeka Regional Airport at Forbes Field.

Local celebrities and elected officials will serve pancakes provided by Perkins Restaurant/Bakery.

For $7 a person, those who attend will receive all the pancakes they can eat, a drink, a serving of sausage and a tour of the museum. The cost will be the same amount for children and adults.

A “fly-in” market sale auction will also be held.

Admission will be free for the May 31 “Taps Across America” gathering at the museum. It is part of an event in which buglers will play “Taps” at various sites across the nation.

Doors will open at 12:45 p.m. and recorded music will be played beginning at 1 p.m. for swing and slow dancing.

Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Byers, of the Army National Guard, will speak at 2:30 p.m., and the colors will be presented at 2:45 p.m. by students from the Air Force ROTC program at Washburn Rural High School.

Topeka bugler Herschel Stroud will play “Taps” at 3 p.m. After that, recorded music will be played to allow for more dancing until 4 p.m. Snacks will also be available.