Parade, other events to be held to honor local veterans
SCOTTSBLUFF - As people gather to honor veterans this week, Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service officials plan to highlight World War II veterans.
Scotts Bluff County Service Officer John Brehm said he is hoping to gather enough WWII veterans to fill three cars that will lead Saturday’s parade.
“People have a tendency to honor veterans after they have been gone,” Brehm said. “We want to honor them while they are still with us”
Brehm said he is not sure how many WWII veterans may be located in the area, but he has put out a special call for WWII veterans. Veterans that will ride in the display organized by Brehm need to be able to get in and out of a car without assistance, he said.
Other arrangements for the parade are also under way. The Scottsbluff ROTC will participate in the parade for its first year and the American Legion Post #124 Sons of the Legion from Mitchell will have a color guard that will lead the parade.
Brehm said he is also hoping to get a flyover from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, though he has not yet received confirmation. Air Link will fly over the parade.
The parade will be held at 11 a.m. on East Overland. Parade line up begins at 19th Avenue and the route will go west toward Third Avenue.
Other area activities happening in observance of Veterans Day this and next week:
— 8:30 a.m., Veterans Day Program, Hemingford American Legion Auxiliary and Hemingford Public Schools, Hemingford school gym
— 9 a.m., Veterans Day Program hosted by Mitchell Public Schools. Special speaker will be Christina Hays, of Mitchell, who served in the Navy before being discharged in 2012. The program will be in the high school gym and there will be special seating for all veterans and their guests. Following the program, veterans and their guests will be invited to dinner at the elementary cafeteria.
— 8 a.m., Coffee, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home, 1102 W. 42nd St.
— 11 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, Alliance, sponsored by Alliance American Legion Post #7 and Box Butte County Veterans Service Office. Information: Steve Stanec, 308-760-5709
— 12 p.m. Luncheon for Veterans Day parade participants, VFW Post #1681.
— 6:30 p.m. — VFW Post #1681, at 6:30 p.m. VFW Post #1681 is located at 2710 N. 10th Street in Gering. Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Johnson USAF (Retired) will speak.
— 1:30 p.m. Veterans Day Program, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home
For more information about participating in the parade, contact the Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service Office, 308-436-6643.
— 8:30 a.m., Veterans day Program, Gering Junior High and Freshman Academy, Gering Junior High Gym.
— 10 a.m. Veterans Day Program, Kimball High School
— 11 a.m., annual Veterans Day Program, Gering American Legion, 1425 9th St. The program will include recognition of 30- and 35-year continuous members of the Gering Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 36, current Legion members who are veterans of the Persian Gulf War on terror, and all veterans. Gering Mayor Tony Kaufman will speak. A complimentary chili luncheon will be served following the program. All veterans and their families are invited to attend.