Organizers of the 98th annual Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade called the event a success.

Organizers of the 98th annual Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade called the event a success.

The event took place Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.

Diana Smith, secretary for the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, said the event featured about 170 entries.

She said an estimated crowd of 12,000 people gathered along the parade for the event.

"It was a vary large crowd," said retired Maj. Gen. John Davoren.

Davoren served as the chairman of this year's parade.

Following the parade, he thanked the people who help to put together the event.

"They worked very hard to put on a community event," he said.

Organizers of the annual parade tout it as one the oldest regional Veterans Day observances in the country and the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River.

Charley Shoemaker, executive chairman of the committee that organizes the parade, said the spectators turned out Saturday despite cloudy and chilly conditions.

"They showed up," he said.

During the parade, Maj. Gen. James Mingus, director of Mission Command Center of Excellence at Fort Leavenworth, administered an oath of enlistment to area residents who are joining the military.

Mingus also presented the Commander's Award for Public Service to two Army veterans who now work for local law enforcement agencies.

Master Deputy Robert Oliver Jr. of Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office and Officer John Gable of the Lansing Police Department are both veterans of Operation Desert Storm.

Gable has been with the Lansing Police Department for more than 20 years. Oliver has been with the Sheriff's Office for about 10 years.

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