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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Parade considered a success

  • This year's Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade went well, the event's chairman said.
    Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Lonnie Durand Sr. said a lot of people serve on the committee for the parade.
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  • This year's Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade went well, the event's chairman said.
    Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Lonnie Durand Sr. said a lot of people serve on the committee for the parade.
    "It always comes together because people work hard," he said.
    He said it makes being a veteran in the community special.
    The parade is said to be one of the oldest and largest Veterans Day observances in the United States. This year's event was the 93rd annual Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade. It was held Monday in downtown Leavenworth.
    Durand estimated there were between 185 and 190 entries in this year's parade, which featured soldiers from Fort Leavenworth, veterans organizations, school bands and many others.
    At 11 a.m., the parade was halted for the playing of taps and an enlistment ceremony in front parade's reviewing stand.
    There also was a flyover, which was provided this year by Commemorative Air Force pilots in former World War II military aircraft. The PT 13 and PT 19 planes are owned by the CAF and operated by the organization's Heart of America Wing located in Olathe, according to a news release from the CAF.
    The theme of this year's parade theme was "Honoring Past, Present and Future Veterans."
    This year's grand marshal was retired Army Col. Hersch Chapman, owner of Lavery's Jewelry in Leavenworth. He enlisted Army in 1944. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, according to a website for the parade.
    There were two honorary grand marshals, retired Master Sgt. Bill Thompson, who served with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and Anna Scarborough, who served in the Woman's Army Corps during World War II.
    This was the first time Durand had served as chairman of the parade. He said the work of the other people involved in the parade made his job easy.
    "It was a pleasure working with everybody," he said.

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