Veterans Day activities planned here
Preparations for the annual Veterans Day Parade, set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, are “going well,” according to parade organizer Carolyn Koger, but there is still plenty of room for anyone wishing to honor America’s military veterans to enter a float or other parade entry.
Holton’s two veterans groups will be featured in the parade, with Holton VFW Post 1367 contributing a color guard, float and motorcycle group, while Holton American Legion Post 44 plans to contribute a float, Koger said. Women’s auxiliary units from both groups also have announced plans to participate in the parade.
The National Guard Armory in Holton will contribute two “large military vehicles” to the parade. Parade floats also are planned by Farmers State Bank and Developmental Services of Jackson County, Koger said.
Also announced as part of the parade is a patriotically-decorated tractor driven by Scott Misenhelter of Holton, and student groups from the Holton school district, including a marching band, will participate. The Holton Rotary Club will start lining up parade entries at 12:30 p.m. that day on New York Avenue just north of Casey’s General Store, it was reported.
In addition to the parade, this year’s Veterans Day celebration will include a flag-raising at 8 a.m. and a memorial ceremony with an honor guard at 11 a.m. at the southeast corner of Holton’s Town Square, near the Deghand Memorial.
A Veterans Day community dinner has been scheduled for 6 p.m. that day at the Jackson County Fair Building; free-will donations will be accepted. Also, six area restaurants — Big Mike’s Diner, Boomers Steakhouse and Grill, Dairy Queen, Jhett’s Pizza, Off the Square Grill and Trails Café — have said they will offer lunch discounts that day for veterans, it was reported.
Flags will be available for those along the parade route, and businesses on Holton’s Town Square are being encouraged to set up patriotic window displays. Any groups, organizations or businesses interested in taking part in the parade to honor the nation’s military veterans are encouraged to contact Koger at 364-3321 or The Holton Recorder at 364-3141.