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Seeing Pancake Day in ‘Stars & Stripes’ special in 1967 E-mail
Opinion
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:06


LETTER TO THE EDITOR, Ken Hamilton, Liberal



I thought several times about writing something like this over the the past 50 years or so, but then it always went on the back burner for some reason or another.   Maybe because it seemed unimportant at the time.  However, maybe it's time for a little bump in history regarding just how far something such as Pancake Day can reach around the world.  

In February of 1967, I was stationed with the 4th Infantry Division in the central highlands of Vietnam.  I had just come into camp returning from a truck convoy from Qui Nhon, Vietnam, for a days rest.  With mail call that day, came several issues of the Armed Forces newspaper, known as The Stars and Stripes.  It was one of the ways to receive news about the United States and the rest of the world.  

Somewhere in the middle of the paper, while reading, something definitely caught my eye.  There was an article about the Pancake Day Race in Liberal, Kansas!  Imagine my surprise to see something like that while being thousands of miles from home, and in a completely different world.  I  grew up in Hugoton, so I knew all about Pancake Day.  I think we actually marched in the Pancake Day parade while in the 7th grade.  With today's social media and and 24 hour news coverage, I could see something such as this happening.  However, in February of 1967, not so much.     

 

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