Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler today called on all residents to support Lincoln's Veterans Parade set for Saturday, November 3 in the area around the State Capitol. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's north steps, and the half-mile parade will move down "K" Street from South 21st to South 14th streets. The parade is being organized by the Marine Corps League, 370 Cornhusker Detachment, and information is available at lincolnveteransparade.org.
"We can never do enough to honor our Veterans, and this parade will bring the community together for a fun and patriotic day," Mayor Beutler said. "I encourage residents to support the parade and to line the streets to show their gratitude to Veterans and their families as well as those currently serving in the military."
The Mayor thanked the Marine Corps League for its leadership on the parade and City Council member Roy Christensen who introduced a resolution calling for a Veterans parade last year. The City Council voted October 1 to support the parade with $12,000 from the City contingency fund.
"2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One. It is exciting that we can commemorate this milestone with this parade by Veterans and honoring Veterans," Christensen said.
Antonio Marino, Chairperson of Marine Corp League, 370 Cornhusker Detachment, said the theme of the parade is "100 Years." 2018 is also the 100th anniversary of women in the Marine Corps and the brutal Battle of Belleau Wood in France, a conflict which earned the Marines the nickname, "Devil Dogs."
"The Marine Corps League got involved with the Lincoln Veterans Parade because of family. No matter what branch you've served, we are all brothers and sisters in arms," Marino said. "This parade is an excellent way to share the love and appreciation we have for one another and to show how outstanding this community is in support. Organizing a parade is a new venture for us, but we are proud to do all we can to make the first one a success. We expect to learn a great deal this year and to make the parade bigger and better every year."
Marino said the group is seeking bands, walking units, floats, vehicles and other parade entries. Application forms are available on the website.
He said organizations already planning to participate include the Marine Corps, VFW, Army National Guard and Blue Star Mothers of America. Volunteers and sponsors are also needed, and those interested can contact Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor also encouraged the public to attend the annual Veterans Day program organized by the Advisory Council for the Veterans Memorial Garden. It begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11 at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park.