Kansas City area celebrates Harry Truman’s birthday

05/08/2014 11:19 AM

05/10/2014 5:33 PM

Expect a lot of things Truman to occur this week as people in Missouri celebrate the 130th birthday anniversary of the state’s only occupant of the White House.

President Harry S. Truman’s birthday on Thursday was celebrated with a wreath-laying at the Truman Library in Independence and cake for library visitors, which Truman re-enactor Niel Johnson is to help serve. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on Saturday is to receive the Truman Public Service Award and on May 14, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will get the annual Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award at the Muehlebach Tower downtown.

And if that’s not enough, Thursday also is a state holiday in Missouri. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States. He died Dec. 26, 1972, at age 88.

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