Wichita’s annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held downtown Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. The parade this year will commemorate the National Defense Act of 1916. The route generally follows Main Street, ending at the Wichita Waterwalk.
The Veterans Day parade is organized by Wichita JROTC groups and sponsored by local businesses. You can also sponsor, donate, or volunteer to help – just visit the website at http://www.dwss.us/WichitaVeteransDayParade and click the relevant link.
After the parade, festivities continue at the Waterwalk fountain area (just west of the Waterwalk building on Main Street). The Air Force recruiters will have an electronic game set up, the Army will have a climbing wall, a number of military organizations will have their vehicles and equipment on display, plus local car clubs will be showing their cars and food trucks will be onsite!
At the parade, JROTC cadets will be collecting toys and donations for the American Legion Warrior Transition toy drive. The toys, which should be new (of course) and in the $15-$20 price range, will be given to children of military members assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Riley.
Also, don’t miss the Veterans Appreciation Concert later that same evening! Doors open at 6 p.m. for a concert with five live bands for only $5 at the Cotillion and all of the proceeds will go to support veterans.
On Thursday, November 10 at 10 a.m., the Wichita JROTC groups will have a Salute to Veterans at Century II. Guest speaker will be former Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker. The celebration will include patriotic music from local Wichita schools and over 2000 Wichita JROTC cadets in formation. Try to make it if you can – it’s sure to be impressive and a wonderful celebration of our nation’s veterans.
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: WaterWalk, 515 S. Main Street in downtown Wichita, Kansas
For more information, see the http://www.dwss.us/WichitaVeteransDayParade website.
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