The annual Veterans Day Parade — designated with Regional Veterans Day Parade status by the Veterans Administration and winner of a National Community Service award just last year — will be held this Saturday, Nov. 3.
And it promises to be the biggest and best yet show of the immense respect and supportPonca City and surrounding communities have for our nation’s troops and its veterans.
“We have some really big plans for this year and we hope to have our best parade ever,” says Parade Marshal Gary Miles. “With VFW post 1201 having received a national award for last year’s event, additional funding from thenational organization for this year’s parade.”
The event will begin with the largest yet flyover by a wide array of “warbirds” that were in service in various eras of conflict to include P-51 Mustangs and a B-25 Mitchell Bomber.
The procession to follow will feature the 77th Army Band, WWII and Korean Warveterans as guests of honor, reenactors from all major conflicts, and a long procession of floats mixed in with military machinery.
A special recognition of the Centennial of WWI will also be presented with the assistance of school children from Roosevelt Elementary.
Special parade guests include former parade chairman Bob Robins; former parade secretaryDiane Suzuki; National AMBUC Veterans Coordinator Erin Slawinsky; State VFW Commander Coral Pooch; VFW Riders from both Oklahoma and Kansas escorting older veterans; and Mike Boettcher, war correspondent and producer of the award-winning “Hornet’s Nest” documentary, which followed North American troops during nine harrowing days of combat in Afghanistan
Following the parade —and the parade route leading to War Memorial Park — a Veterans Day Celebration will feature food, live music, myriad booths featuring memorabilia and artifacts from all our nation’s conflicts, and numerous other activities.
The entire community of Ponca City and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend and show our support forthose who served, or still serve, our great nation.
For information on receiving well-deserved VIP treatment at the parade and subsequent celebration at War Memorial Park, veterans are encouraged to call 580-761-2431 for details. Meals, transportation, and assistance is available.
Representatives from the VFW, the Veterans Administration, Humana, and other organizations will be on hand to offer veterans any assistance needed.