Leavenworth chosen as regional Veterans Day observation site

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Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 1:55 PM CDT
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WIBW) - Leavenworth has been chosen as a regional site by the Veterans Day National Committee to observe the holiday.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that the Veterans Day National Committee has chosen Leavenworth as a regional site for the holiday observance. She said the Committee is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“With its rich history of celebrating Veterans Day dating back to the holiday’s roots, Leavenworth is more than deserving of this honor,” Gov. Kelly said. “This November, I’m looking forward to joining my fellow Kansans in honoring the many military service members who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.”

Kelly noted that Veterans Day 2022 will mark the 103rd year of the Leavenworth Co. Veterans Day Parade. She said the parade was first held on Nov. 11, 1919, the 1-year anniversary of the armistice agreement of World War I between the Allies and Germany in France.

“The Committee is very honored to once again receive designation as a Regional Site for Veterans Day by the US Department of Veterans Affairs,” Becky Johnson, Secretary of the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, said. “We would like to encourage Kansans from across our great state to join us in Leavenworth on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 10:30 am to help us honor and pay tribute to all U.S military veterans.”

The Governor indicated that the Leavenworth celebration is recognized as the largest parade west of the Mississippi River.

“Kansas veterans, including my mom who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, have made countless sacrifices to protect our country and keep us safe,” Representative Sharice Davids, (KS-03), said. “I am glad Kansans will be able to show their respect and gratitude for our service members, both past and present, in Leavenworth as it serves as a regional observance site this year.”

Kelly said retired U.S. Army Tech Sgt. Wilbur Grisham - who served in World War II - will serve as Grand marshal of the parade. She said the 2022 theme is “Honoring Veterans for Defending Our Lives and Freedom During Wars or Disasters.”

“Having marched in the parade in my youth, our community, indeed our state, has a long-standing tradition of recognizing the selfless service men and women of the Armed Forces,” Senator Jeff Pittman, Kansas State Senate District 5, said. “This tradition is kept alive in part due to the yearlong efforts of the local stakeholders who help coordinate the Veterans Day parade.”

For more information about the Leavenworth Co. Veterans Day Parade, click HERE.