The Daily News
Another great Veterans Day Parade! As one would expect, a project of this magnitude requires a great deal of coordination, planning and cooperation. Who are the individuals who helped contribute to making this year’s parade one of the best?
Let’s begin with the parade co-chairs, Dan Neville and Rick Krause. Plans for this year’s parade began at the conclusion of last year’s parade. Arranging for high school bands, inviting current and potential participants, identifying possible parade marshals and sending out letters of invitation are just a few of the many tasks required of parade chairs.
The transportation chair, led this year by Tammy McClain, arranged for the vehicles that transported special guests in the parade route. As usual the vehicles were supplied by Huston Ford and Swigart Museum. In addition, many thanks to all the other drivers who provided their own vehicles used in the parade.
Great appreciation to Joe Thompson, the “voice of the veterans parade” who once again volunteered his time and equipment in order to announce each parade participant as that unit passed the reviewing stand. Joe has been acting in this capacity for over 15 years.
Many thanks to the military guests, in addition to the parade marshals, representing the five branches of the military: Wayne Kepler, Marine Corps; Lester Stoudt, Army: Norm Quinn, Navy; K.C. Murphy, Coast Guard; and Robert Smith, Air Force.
The food chair, Rick Henney, has been performing in this leadership role for many years and is most appreciative of the many sponsors who provided the food and beverages for the luncheon as well as support for other aspects of the parade event.
Businesses providing supplies for the luncheon and in support of the parade included: ACCO Brands, Brenneman’s Market, Giant Foods, Walmart, Weis Markets, Hoss’s Steak & Seafood, Burger King, Route 22 OIP, Bimbo Bakery of Altoona, Poole Anderson, Lake’s Septic System, VFW Post 1754 and Tom and Rebecca Miller.
No parade could possibly be successful without the help of the individuals who coordinate and place participants in the correct parade order at 16th and Washington streets. To make this task even more critical is the fact that many participants arrive at the staging area and have not registered prior to their arrival.
Over the years the Knights of Columbus have hosted a breakfast after the veterans’ service at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church prior to the parade and for that we are most appreciative.
Finally, a gracious thank you for the community support that the parade has received this year and indeed over the past years. May we never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families and the parade is a way to keep all of us aware of their service to country, family and community.
Thank you to all who participated in the parade activities and we look forward to seeing you at the Veterans Day Parade in 2020.
God bless our veterans and God bless America.
Jay D. Buchanan
Huntingdon County Veterans Association
Richard K. Henney
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1754