Dan Hervey, Chairman of the McPherson Area Veterans Committee, released details for Veterans Day activities to be held in McPherson on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The day will begin with a free breakfast sponsored by Kindred Hospice for veterans and guest at the Legion Hall from 8 a.m. until 10 am. Reservations should be called in to (620) 245-0891.
Weather permitting, the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion and proceed down Main to Marlin to Walnut to Woodside to Mulberry and end at the Park Dept. Bldg. (old National Guard Armory). A ceremony inside the old drill hall will follow the parade at 11 am. KNGL/KBBE radio will broadcast the ceremony live for those unable to attend.
The keynote speakers will be Maj. Gen. John Admire, USMC, Ret. author of the book “Darker Than Dark” and Bill Lindholm, Purple Heart recipient, a key character in the book.
The invocation will be given by Carl Kasey, American Legion Chaplin. Other activities include the National Anthem by McPherson High School Band, Amazing Grace by Lonny Liljegren, Rifle Salute by VFW Post #2715, and Taps played by Mark Casebeer.
Immediately following the ceremony everyone is invited to stay for a free chili luncheon sponsored by Dan & Sue Hervey, Wendy’s, and Trinity Lutheran Church. At 7 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner at the American Legion Post for veterans and family. Fried chicken will be provided and everyone should bring a covered dish.
Dennis Brown has donated his lifetime collection of military items to the American Legion and will have it on display during breakfast and the evening meal.
All McPherson area churches are asked to recognize their veterans in attendance and those currently on active duty during their worship service on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.