SERVICE SALUTE: Parade To Honor Veterans

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You can honor those who have served our country this weekend. The “Salute to Our Veterans and Service Members Parade” takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Veterans from across the state will gather at the Iowa State Capitol for the parade in their honor. The parade will start when four F-16 fighter jets from the 132nd Fighter Wing fly over the capitol. A riderless horse will lead the parade in memory of fallen soldiers.

The parade will head west on Grand Avenue, then north on 2nd Avenue. It will end at Veterans Auditorium. Organizer Col. Bob King says about 100 entries will take part, including veterans groups and businesses like the Budweiser Clydesdales and Wells Fargo stage coach.

Col. King says the Governor’s office worked with the Iowa National Guard and Office of Veterans Affairs to help honor service members with this event. He says, “Celebrate and honor our veterans of all services, all branches, all conflicts, all periods of peace time, everybody that’s wearing a uniform, whether you’re an Iowan, or a citizen of this country. This is to honor them and to celebrate the service they gave to this country.”

Col. King says they’ll have plenty of water stops along the way to help people stay cool.

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