Veterans receive special salute in Kearney

Community members, first responders and other veterans took part
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 7:12 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Earlier this week veterans at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home were greeted by community members, first responders, family members and other veterans as part of a celebration to the vets.

Floats showed up, motorcycles and vehicles with flags attached, trucks with community members in the back waving flags and smiling. The line of vehicles began at Patriot Park across from the Veterans Home and snaked through and around the home, waving, honking, playing music and more.

“We had a great response to the veterans who have not only served our country but now we have an opportunity to serve by doing something this simplified,” Kim Deyo, an Air Force veteran and the event organizer, said.

The parade was just the build up to a week full of events for the residents of the Veterans Home.

“Their sacrifices on our behalf and for the freedoms we enjoy every day are a direct result that they served in the armed forces and we don’t want them to think that anybody forgets it,” Nancy Klimek, the Director of Recreation & Volunteer Services at the Vets Home, said.

Klimek emphasized the importance of showing our veterans how much they mean to us when we aren’t able to do in a traditional manner.

Family members came from states such as Kansas, Iowa and Wyoming. Deyo said once the event hit Facebook he received countless calls asking where and how people can take part.

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