Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer made a surprise visit to Dodge City Days on Tuesday.
Colyer kicked off the Freddy's Salute the Troops Hamburger Feed and Patriotic Concert in Wright Park.
"It's a beautiful day to celebrate the sacrifices those made for all of us," Colyer said. "Kansas is the heart and soul of America and it grows in your genes when you get to Dodge City."
The annual hamburger feed featured live entertainment from the Dodge City Municipal Cowboy Band and performances from Miss Kitty and the Can-Can Dancers of the Boot Hill Museum Variety Show.
Honor Guard from the VFW Post 1714 presented the colors along with members of the Army, Marines and Army National Guard.
"I like to thank the Honor Guard and the soldiers for their sacrifice for us," Colyer said. "The memory of those 1st Infantry soldiers from World War I will go on and that tradition will continue out of Dodge City.
"A lot is happening in the state. We are going to listen and we are going to change the tone.
"We in Kansas are the pulse of America."
Colyer introduced Kansas Representative Brad Ralph and Kansas Senator Bud Estes to the crowd before asking all of the current and former soldier's in the crowd to stand.
"To those of you standing," Colyer said. "We thank you for all that you do and have done."
Colyer could be headed to the governorship as current Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was named to be the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom by President Donald Trump on July 26.