On Nov. 11, 1918, Iolans flooded downtown streets to celebrate the end of World War I, the Register reported at the time. Factory whistles blew and revelry continued into the night.
Saturday, U.S. veterans of all wars, as well as those with peace time service, will be recognized here during Veterans Day 2014 ceremonies. All veterans were included in the annual recognition after World War II.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Weishaar, a member of the Kansas National Guard, will give the address. His comments will come shortly after 11 a.m. in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall, just off West Madison Avenue.
The theme is “Past, Present, Future Veterans.”
Lloyd Houk will sing the national anthem prior to Weishaar’s speech. Names of Kansans still missing in action will be read; the Moran American Legion firing squad will salute deceased veterans. First Christian Church’s Rev. Dave McGullion will have a role.
Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Alfred Link, whose life for years revolved around veterans activities before his death at age 83 on March 23, will be recognized.
The annual parade will start at noon featuring soldiers from the Headquarters Company and Forward Support Company of 891st Engineer Battalion, stationed in Iola. Soldiers will carry a huge U.S. flag; others will drive military vehicles. Several bands and floats are expected.
Arrangements may be made to be included in the parade by calling Tom Nevins, 620-380-1381. Transportation will be available at two spots, Washington Avenue’s intersections at Madison and Broadway streets.
Preceding the parade Iola Elks will have a bean feed in support of the event. Vietnam veterans will be honored.
A BOOTH will raise awareness to the Veterans Home in Winfield, including solicitation of donations for its support.
In addition to monetary donations, organizers said white undershirts and underwear, slip-on loafers, shirts, music CDs and toiletries would be helpful. Donated clothing should be new.