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Veterans Day: Honored with parade, memorial observanceTell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by Jay Huff
The sheriff's posse parades downtown
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Kim Baxter at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial
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The American Legion Color Guard, downtown
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The Patriot Guard
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New memorial bricks on the Walk of Honor temporarily placed for the observance.

Brave souls faced cold weather Monday at the Veteran’s Day ceremony at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial and later, at an impressive parade through downtown.

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The memorial ceremony lasted just over an hour as a sparse crowd shivered in the wind. Wilma Salisbury welcomed attendees, followed by the invocation by Howard Gebhardt.

Kim Baxter of North Platte sang an original song titled “High Above Us All,” followed by a special flag presentation to the family of World War II veteran Glen Wallace.

Glen passed away in 1999 but his sons did not properly receive a flag at the burial. Cal Stratton of the North Platte VFW saw that they did. Glen fought on D-Day and was awarded a Purple Heart. His sons, Doug and Danny of North Platte, accepted the flag on behalf of the family.

Kim Baxter then sang the Lee Greenwood song titled “God Bless the USA” and Stratton spoke of his trip to Washington D.C. to visit veteran’s memorials.

Stratton recommended a trip to the nation’s capital to see the memorials and to see them twice, once in daylight and once after dark, when all the lights are on.

Stratton said “It’s a world of difference at night when they are all lit up.”

Don Piper played taps on the bugle to close the ceremony.


Parade

There were more spectators downtown for the annual parade. Kids scooped up candy along the route on Dewey and Bailey streets.

The parade began at Nebraskaland National Bank at Second and Dewey, then headed north, led by the VFW Color Guard. The North Platte High School marching band followed, looking smart and sharp. Despite the cold, the band gave a good performance.

Mayor Dwight Livingston cruised the parade route in a new Dodge Charger RT. Several vehicles with banners and paint schemes honoring veterans followed Livingston, including a custom Chevy Blazer belonging to the National Guard.

About two blocks into the parade, the entrants paused to allow a contingent of about 200 Girl and Boy Scouts to join from a side street and walk in honor of veterans.

Nice as well as familiar restored classic cars from the Flatlander Car Club carried signs and flags. From the same side street that the scouts entered, a line of beautiful Chevy Corvettes pulled into the parade, bearing signs that read “Vettes for Vets.”

Crete Carriers brought a semi-tractor that is custom painted in a military theme, honoring all who served and are presently serving.

It took about 90 minutes for the parade to wind its way down Dewey to Sixth St. and back on Bailey to Second St.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/11/2013
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