Veterans Day Parade to be “In Support of America”
More than 160 units have been invited and are expected to participate in this year's Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in downtown Leavenworth.
The theme of this year's parade is "In Support of America."
The parade will follow a route east on Cherokee from Fourth to Esplanade, north on Esplanade to Delaware, proceeding west through the downtown area to Seventh and Delaware, past the reviewing stand at the First National Bank and turning south on Seventh Street to Cherokee, then proceeding east, ending at Fifth and Cherokee.
The parade will stop at 11:00 with silence for the playing of taps and a F-16 flyover by the Lt. Col. Grant Gooch of the Iowa Air National Guard. Gooch is a native of Leavenworth, a 1986 graduate of Leavenworth High School and the son of Doris I. Gooch, and the late George H. Gooch.
Among those expected to participate in the parade are a military contingent from Fort Leavenworth and its various units; Leavenworth High School ROTC; Washington High School Air Force ROTC; US Naval Sea Cadets Corp; the Young Gentlemen of Anthony Elementary; numerous bands, including the Lansing High School Marching Lions, floats and horse groups.
State, county and city officials, law enforcement officers and firefighters from both Kansas and Missouri will also be part of the parade. There will be numerous television stations and a live remote of the parade will be done by radio station 94 FM KFKF. Balloons and flags will be distributed throughout the parade route.
The parade committee has selected Jack Walker as grand marshal for this year's parade. Walker is a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel and is currently the deputy to the garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth
He has served and is still serving on numerous national, state and local boards and has received many awards
Walker has been a resident of Leavenworth since 1970. He and his wife, Doris, have three children.
Joe Lauber, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the 2005 parade chairman and represents the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 55, which is also the host of this year's parade. Charlie Gregor will be master of ceremonies at Seventh and Delaware; and Bill Wallace will be master of ceremonies at Third and Delaware.
The parade is sponsored annually by the local service and fraternal organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 56 and Auxiliary; American Legion Post No. 23 and Auxiliary; American Legion Post No. 94 and Auxiliary; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 75; Leavenworth P.O.W. Chapter; Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 7; Lansing American Legion Post No. 411; Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 12003; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 55 and Auxiliary; Elks Lodge No. 661; and Knights of Columbus Council No. 900 and Auxiliary.
The parade committee dedicates this parade to the many veterans and active duty servicemen and women who were and are still engaged in conflicts around the world and to the many servicemen and women who were sent to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Behind the grand marshal will be a group of honorees called "Our Returning Hero." This float will consist of returning servicemen and women from areas of conflict from around the world as well as those who were sent to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.