Monday’s Veterans Day activities will start out with a free breakfast for veterans and guests.
Sponsored by Harden Hospice Care of Kansas, the breakfast will last from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 401 N. Main St. Those who wish to attend should call (620) 245-0891 for reservations.
If weather permits, a parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion.
The parade will proceed down Main Street to Marlin, to Walnut, to Woodside, to Mulberry and end at the Parks Department Building, which was once a National Guard Armory.
There will be a ceremony in the building’s old drill hall. The ceremony will be broadcast on KNGL 96.7 FM and KBBE 1540 AM for those unable to attend.
The keynote speaker will be Col. Bill Talley, United States Air Force, retired.
Talley served three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying in 151 combat missions in his first 10 months alone.
In 1972, while on his third tour of duty and after 181 successful combat missions, Talley was shot down over North Vietnam in 1972. He was captured and spent nearly a year as a prisoner of war at the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war facility, a site infamous for the torture and interrogation of captured servicemen in which, for a time, United States Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain was kept prisoner.
An invocation will be given by American Legion Chaplain Carl Kasey, and the McPherson High School Band will perform the national anthem. McPherson Youth Pipe and Drum also will be performing.
VFW Post 2715 will give a Rifle Salute, and
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Mark Casebeer will play “Taps.”
A chili luncheon will follow the ceremony, and is open to everyone who wishes to stay.
The luncheon is sponsored by The Investment Center, Wendy’s and the Chamber of Commerce.
A potluck dinner will be at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Post for veterans and their families. Baked steak will be provided, and attendees should plan to bring a covered dish.
All McPherson area churches are asked to recognize their veterans in attendance, as well as those currently on active duty during their worship services on Nov. 10.
Dan Hervey, chairman of the McPherson Area Veterans Committee, said the event has been coming together very well.
“I’m really pleased with the quality of speakers we’re able to bring to McPherson,” Hervey said. “McPherson does a really nice job, and we’re looking forward to the students who are going to be there.”