• Veterans Day parade set for Nov. 12

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  • Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee
    The nation’s oldest regional Veterans Day observance will conduct its 99th annual parade at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 in downtown Leavenworth.
    This year’s parade theme is “War to End All Wars,” marking the centennial of the end of World War I. More than 200 participants have been invited to participate with 170 committed entries. The 2018 parade grand marshals are retired Army Sgt. 1st Class David W. Jones, Marine Sgt. John N. Ochs and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jana L. Harrison. This year’s parade is dedicated to long-time parade committee member and past secretary/treasurer Jane Lemke. The parade chairman is Charley Shoemaker representing VFW Post 12003 in Lansing, Kan.
    The parade will stop at 11 a.m. for the playing of taps with buglers stationed throughout parade route. This will be followed by an enlistment ceremony and award ceremony conducted by Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, in front of reviewing stand at Seventh and Delaware streets. Patricia Riner, Sam Young and James Timmons will be presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service for their service to service members, veterans, their families and the community.
    The parade has four emcees: Ron Coaxum at Fourth and Cherokee streets, Tim Vandall at the Riverfront Community Center, Bill Corbet between the 400 and 500 blocks of Delaware Street, Dan Wiley at the reviewing stand and Walter McCullem Jr. at Haymarket Square.
    The parade will be led by bagpipers Dale Cleland, John Bauer and Kevin Regan, and the Medical Department Activity Color Guard.
    Parade participants include the 15th Military Police Brigade Color Guard leading the military contingent from Fort Leavenworth; Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger; Lansing Mayor Mike Smith; Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward; local and state politicians; Boy and Girl Scouts; the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum; Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System Director Rudy Klopfer; school bands from Leavenworth High School, Lansing High School, Pleasant Ridge High School, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, McLouth Public Schools, Maranatha Academy, Leavenworth Catholic Schools and Warren Middle School; numerous horse groups including the Fort Leavenworth Hunt and Stables Activity; Air Force Junior ROTC from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas; Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC; police and fire agencies from around the state of Kansas; numerous motorcycle and antique car groups from Kansas and Missouri; many veteran service and fraternal organizations; and much more.
    Live patriotic music will be performed before the parade by the Bill Welch Band at Exchange Bank and by the Ric Jackson Trio at Fourth and Cherokee streets.
    The Leavenworth Rotary Club’s annual veterans breakfast is 7:30-10 a.m. at Riverfront Community Center. Cost is $6 per person, with all disabled veterans getting breakfast free.
    Page 2 of 2 - After the parade, there will be open houses at Veterans of Foreign War Post 56, 519 Cherokee St.; American Legion Post 94 215 Maple St.; and the Knights of Columbus, 207 S. 4th St., all of which are open to the public.
    Parade participants are asked to assemble after 9 a.m. Before assembling, parade participants must go to the parade information booth in the west parking lot of Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St., for their specific position in the line up.
    Staging for all Scouts will be on the 400 block of Cherokee Street. Parents will be unable to drive on Cherokee or Choctaw streets.
    Horse groups are to stage in the south parking lot of the Justice Center. Horse groups are reminded not to ride horses to or from the parade staging area; horses must be brought to the staging area in trailers. School buses and vans must park in Haymarket Square.
    Participants are reminded that city ordinance prohibits throwing of candy from moving vehicles. The public is reminded that there will be no parking on the south side of Delaware Street between Second and Seventh streets.
    The parade is sponsored each year by the following veteran service and fraternal organizations: Byron H. Mehl American Legion Post and Auxiliary 23, Andrew Newton American Legion Post and Auxiliary 94, Lansing Memorial American Legion Post and Auxiliary 411, James Taylor Lansing VFW Memorial Post and Auxiliary 12003, VFW Post and Auxiliary 56, 40&8 Voiture 1163, Bernard Lee Deghand Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12073, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 75, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 55, and Knights of Columbus Council 900.
    As always, the parade is dedicated to the many veterans and active-duty service members who were and are still engaged in conflicts around the world.
    The Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee would like to remind all who attend the parade to rise when the U.S. flag passes in the parade. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and all other people present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
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