Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Parade worth taking in

November 8, 2007

We always look forward to the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth. It is one of the largest and oldest Veterans Day observances west of the Mississippi River.

This day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military during wartime or peacetime. The parade consists of bands, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, antique cars, fire departments, emergency equipment, local businesses and service organizations. Fort Leavenworth military units and vehicles are well represented, as well as high school ROTC students. The list goes on and on.

There is usually a flyover, which is extremely impressive.

This parade is going to begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday Nov. 12. This is because Nov. 11 falls on Sunday this year.

The armistice ending World War I was Nov. 11, 1918. The date of Nov. 11 was observed but not made a legal holiday until 1938, and was to be known as Armistice Day. Since then, there were World War II and the Korean War, and with the urging of veterans service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress, amended the act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation, on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor all American veterans of all wars, not just World War I.

U.S. Senate Resolution 143 was passed on Aug. 4, 2001. This designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 as "National Veterans Awareness Week." The resolution called for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

It would be good for all of us to meet at the parade and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors.

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