Annual Veterans Day parade around the corner

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Nebraska’s Official Veterans Day Parade takes place at 10 a.m. November 11, 2023, in Olde Towne Bellevue.

Personnel from the 55th Wing, U.S. Strategic Command and the 557th Weather Wing will march in formation with the 170th Group from the Nebraska Air National Guard providing a TC-135 flyover.

“We look forward to honoring our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our great nation,” said Col. Mark Howard, 55th Wing commander. “Participating in this event is something we look forward to each and every year and we will be looking sharp.”

Retired Air Force Col. Joe Spivey is this year’s grand marshal. Spivey served in the Air Force for more than 25 years and currently serves as president of the 55th Wing Association, the wing’s alumni organization.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” Howard said. “His service didn’t end when he took off the uniform and he’s a great example for all of us today as we look for ways to continue to serve after we separate or retire from the Air Force.”

Master Sgt. Rebecca Wischmann, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, will sing the national anthem to officially start the event.

The parade will have classic cars, floats and marching bands from local high schools that’ll all start on Mission Avenue at Jackson Street. From there, the parade will travel east and pass a reviewing stand near the Bellevue Little Theatre. They will then make a left on Franklin Street and end at Washington Park.

The Veterans Day parade is free and open to all who want to attend and is expected to conclude at approximately 11 a.m.