McPherson commemorates Veterans Day every year with several events organized by the McPherson Veterans Committee.
“It starts with a free breakfast at the American Legion for veterans and their guests,” said Dan Hervey, Committee Chairman.
“The parade will begin at 10:30 and will follow a path ending up at the parks department headquarters building, which is the old national guard armory.”
The parade route begins at the American Legion building and typically finishes around 10:45. Any veteran and spouse wishing to ride on the trolley in the parade should meet in front of the American Legion at 10:15.
Following the parade, a ceremony at 11:00 will be broadcast live on 96.7 FM KBBE. The keynote speaker this year is Tom Lloyd, a retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army.
“Tom grew up in McPherson, graduated from McPherson High School,” said Hervey. “He was raised by Robert and Mary Whelpley. He also graduated from K-State.”
The invocation will be given by Pastor Tim Leaf from Trinity Lutheran Church; the McPherson High School band will perform the National Anthem; Lonny Liljegren will perform Amazing Grace; the McPherson Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will perform the rifle salute; and Taps will be played by Mark Casebeer.
“Immediately following the ceremony, everybody’s invited to stay for a free chili luncheon sponsored by the Investment Center, Wendy’s, and Trinity Lutheran Church, which will be serving,” said Hervey.
At 7:00 Friday evening there’ll also be a potluck dinner at McPherson’s VFW building for veterans and their families.
Hervey had one more request for the city of McPherson.
“We’d also like to ask the city of McPherson to fly their national flags on Main Street to honor all the men and women in military service.”
Veterans Day events in McPherson are all made possible by the local veterans committee, which is made up of members from McPherson’s American Legion, VFW, and various auxiliaries.
“We formed the McPherson area veterans committee back in 2000 when we brought the Vietnam Wall to town,” Hervey explained. “We plan the activities for Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year, and I personally would like to thank the city commission and all the departments, on behalf of the veterans committee, for all your help in providing the services that we need in order to make this a successful event. Thank you again.”
Veterans Day 2016 Proclamation:
Whereas, we owe our freedom and our continued security to the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces; and
Whereas, most veterans continue devoting their energies to the service of their country and communities extending their tradition of service beyond the battlefield and the barracks; and
Whereas, the dedication and commitment of our veterans to the survival and strength of this nation have seen us through two world wars and long, costly struggles against aggression in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan; and
Whereas, President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of the First World War. In 1938, Congress made it a national holiday, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor the veterans of the First World War and all of America’s veterans; and
Whereas, in recognition of the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly to preserve our heritage of freedom, it is fitting that the reurring anniversary of the end of WWI be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and events designed to help preserve in the hearts and lives of all our citizens the spirit of patriotism, the love of country, and the willingness to serve embodied by America’s veterans.
Now, therefore, I, Thomas A. Brown, Mayor of McPherson, Kansas, do herby proclaim November 11, 2016 as Veterans Day, and encourage all citizen to recognize and honor eterans throughout Kansas and the nation for their many contributions to our continued peace and security and to work together to promote an enduring peace.
Thomas A. Brown
Mayor of McPherson, KS