According to the parade’s website, it was founded in 1974 by Vernon E. Ross, proprietor of Ross Hollywood Funeral Chapel, to honor all veterans, past and present, living and deceased.
The newest addition to Veteran’s Memorial Park, a monument to all US prisoners of war, will also dedicated during Saturday’s ceremony.
The Veterans Memorial Park will be situated in front of Sidner Ice Arena where the old Memorial Park was located, and will be an extension of the Eternal Flame Memorial on East Military Avenue.
“All that we have today is because of what veterans have done for this nation”, Lerch said.
Holiday celebrations in the towns of Rowland and Red Springs will take place Friday. The event offers an opportunity to learn about the community and veterans’ issues.
Also in Red Springs, Boles Funeral Home will sponsor a Laps for Veterans event 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Red Springs High School track. Vernon was a veteran himself, having served as a medic at the Veterans Hospital in Vancouver, Washington, during World War I and as a captain in the Veterans Guard & Patrol in WWII.
The tile can feature a photo of the veteran and even have a scanable quick reference barcode that will link to the veteran’s own personal webpage that the family can continue to update for years to come. A memorial wreath will be placed at the Veterans Memorial.
The display is made up of dozens of US flags.
“The improvements are going to be fantastic”, Lerch said.
Omaha’s Memorial Park is honoring veterans and thanking them for their sacrifices with a special lighting tribute. It’s one concrete way for this military community to show its support and respect for members of the armed forces, especially the ones who live and work here.