Dan Hervey, Chairman of the McPherson Area Veterans Committee, released details for Veteran's Day activities to be held in McPherson on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
The day will begin with a free breakfast sponsored by Gentiva Hospice for veterans at the Legion Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The McPherson Chamber of Commerce will help serve breakfast. Reservations should be called in to (620) 245-0891.
Weather permitting, a parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion and proceed down Main to Marlin to Walnut to Woodside to Mulberry and end at the Park Department Building (old National Guard Armory). A ceremony inside the old drill hall will follow the parade at 11:00 a.m.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on 96.7 FM KBBE for those unable to attend.
The keynote speaker will be Colonel Hal Hoxie, USAF, Retired. Colonel Hoxie was a combat pilot during Desert Storm. Currently, he is President of Central Christian College of Kansas in McPherson.
The invocation will be given by Pastor Tim Leaf, Trinity Lutheran Church. Other activities include the National Anthem by the McPherson High School Band, Amazing Grace played by Lonny Liljegren, God Bless the USA sung by Nick Gosnell, a Rifle Salute by VFW Post #2715 and Taps played by Mark Casebeer.
Immediately following the ceremony all are invited to stay for a free chili luncheon sponsored by the Investment Center, Wendy's and Trinity Lutheran Church.
At 7:00 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner at the VFW Post for veterans and their families. Baked steak will be provided and everyone should bring a covered dish.
All McPherson area churches are asked to recognize their veterans in attendance and those currently on active duty during their worship services on Sunday, November 9, 2014.