The McPherson City Commission set plans for the city’s annual Veteran’s Day celebrations during its Monday meeting, approving the annual parade, issuing a proclamation and announcing this year’s theme.
Veteran’s Day Chairman Dan Hervey said this year’s celebration would honor the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the speaker for the ceremony will be retired Air Force Colonel Roger Locher. Locher spent 23 days evading capture in enemy territory after being shot down over North Vietnam, while serving as a Weapons System Operator in an F-4 Phantom. He eventually made it to friendly forces. He earned a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and several Air Medals.
Locher will speak at he McPherson Parks Department building, following the annual parade. After the ceremony, guests will be served a free chili luncheon, courtesy of Wendy’s, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and the Investment Center.
This year’s parade, starting at 10:30 a.m., will follow the usual route, starting at the American Legion, going down Main to Marlin, then proceeding west on Marlin to Walnut. At that point the route goes north on Walnut to Woodside, west on Woodside to Mulberry and concluding by going north on Mulberry to First Street.
Hervey asked area employers to release any veterans they have on staff to participate in the parade and ceremony that morning, as well as asking area businesses on Main Street to fly the American Flag.