Families, residents turn out to honor veterans

By Corene Brisendine

Manhattan went all out for the Veterans Day Parade.

Flags lined Poyntz Avenue on Monday morning as hundreds turned out to watch or participate in the proceedings.

Brent Niedergall, who is stationed at Fort Riley, wasn’t in the parade, but he brought his 4-year-old daughter to see what it’s all about.

Madeline, his daughter, said she liked the music best.

And there was plenty of music in the parade.

Local grade school children sang patriotic songs as they marched down the street. Some even marched with their military parents, who were in uniform.

Several marching bands played patriotic songs. The First Infantry Division Band at Fort Riley led the way with “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” It was followed by Manhattan High School, the middle school pep band and Blue Valley High School marching band.

A pipe organ from the American Legion also played as it was pulled down the street.

A Veterans Day parade would not be complete without veterans, and many marched or rode in the event.

Veterans in attendance represented wounded warriors and prisoners of war. They included those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members of the VFW and American Legion marched in uniform with color guards. Marching in support of their families were the VFW and American Legion ladies auxiliaries as well.

Several motorcycle club members also rode their bikes, revving their engines at the podium as a show of support for the veterans.

The Shriners honored veterans with their famous mini-bikes and cars.

All the emergency services entities also showed their support in the parade with banners strapped across the hoods or the sides of emergency vehicles thanking veterans for their service.

Local Boy Scout troops marched with a pair of llamas draped in red, white and blue bunting.

Several national, state and local leaders also showed their support by marching in the parade. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was grand marshal for the parade and spoke at the post-parade celebration at the Wareham along with Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and Mayor John Matta.

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