Dan Hervey, chairman of the McPherson Area Veterans Committee, released details for Veterans Day activities to be Nov. 12 in McPherson.
The day will begin with a free breakfast sponsored by Hospice Care of Kansas for veterans and spouses from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall.
Reservations should be called in at 1-800-854-4802.
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 Parks Department Building (old National Guard Armory).
A ceremony inside the old drill hall will follow the parade at 11 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Senator Jay Emler with a focus on veterans of the Vietnam era.
The state of Kansas now has the Vietnam War Medallion and ribbon available to residents who served between Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975.
All Vietnam-era veterans will be recognized even if they haven’t applied yet for the medallion. Forms are available at the VFW, American Legion, from Tony Fiedler, call 241-5603, or from Dan Hervey, call 241-2700.
The invocation will be given by Frank Conde, VFW Sr. Vice Commander.
Other activities include the National Anthem by the McPherson High School Band, music by McPherson Youth Pipe and Drum Band, rifle salute by VFW Post #2715, and “Taps” played by Mark Casebeer.
Immediately following the ceremony everyone is invited to stay for a free chili luncheon sponsored by the Investment Center, Wendy’s, and the McPherson Chamber of Commerce. At 7 p.m., there will be a potluck dinner at the VFW Post for veterans and family. 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 service on Nov. 11.