County’s Veterans Day parade scheduled
The Leavenworth County Veterans Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Leavenworth. At 11 a.m., the parade will stop for taps and a flyover from the Iowa National Guard.
This year's parade theme is In Support of America.
Members of the parade committee encourage area residents to enter floats in the parade. Prizes for floats range from $100 for first place, to $50 for third place. The floats will be judged on parade theme, which should be visible on either front or back of a float or on both sides of a float, originality and patriotism. The parade will again have the "Returning Heroes Float." Anyone who has returned or will be returning from any war or conflict is encouraged to ride. To make arrangements, call (913) 651-0410.
Any group, organization, school, band, or veteran wanting to participate in this year's parade please send a card, letter or call stating name of group and number of participants wanting to participate to Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, Attention: Secretary, 559 South Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048, or call (913) 651-0410 by Oct. 30.
The parade committee comprises American Legion and Auxiliary Byron H. Mehl 23, American Legion and Auxiliary Andrew Newton 94, Veterans of Foreign Wars George Edward White 56, Leavenworth P.O.W. Chapter, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 75, Leavenworth Chapter Disabled American Veterans Chapter7, Lansing American Legion Post 411, Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars James Taylor Memorial 12003, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 55, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 661, and Knights of Columbus Council and Auxiliary 900.
Chairman of this year's parade is Tyrone Brown, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served two tours in Vietnam and received the Vietnam Service Medal. He also served tours in Germany and Guam. During his 20 years of military service, he received numerous service medals and awards such as the good conduct medal and oak leaf clusters.
Brown is a 25-year member of American Legion Andrew Newton Post 94 where he holds the office of Service Officer. He has also been past post commander and adjutant as well as past district chaplain. And, he has participated for 20 years on the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee.
Brown also is a 20-year retiree of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center where he served as a nursing assistant and ambulance attendant. He is currently a volunteer there five days a week. He resides in Leavenworth with his wife Lovell (Cookie) of 48 years. They have three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Local American Legion Andrew Newton Post 94 is host of this year's parade.