DES MOINES, Iowa -- Monday has been set aside by the Iowa State Fair Board as a day to honor veterans.
Retired Col. Robert King, Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, called all veterans to step out of the crowd onto Grand Avenue where they could be recognized by hundreds of applauding fairgoers.
A parade was held, which included military color and band marching units, and a 20-by-38 foot garrison sized flag, which was purchased by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.
A group of volunteers carried the large flag down the street.
“I served 40 years in the military in the Iowa National Guard, and I truly loved it,” said Carroll Tungesvick, of Boone.
"They're proud of their service and you see all kinds of different pieces of military paraphernalia on jackets, t-shirts, and baseball caps,” said Col. King. “You know the people come, they want to be recognized for their service. That's our purpose for being here today to thank them for what they have done for our country.”
Later in the day, two military band concerts were scheduled on the fairgrounds.