Veterans recognized in parade in downtown Hastings

Veterans honored during parade through downtown Hastings
Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 9:30 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A portion of the downtown Second Street was closed off Saturday morning, all in part of honoring local veterans. With Veterans Day right around the corner, people in the community came forward to show their support and thank veterans for their service during the ‘Veterans Recognition Parade.’

Starting at 10 a.m., high school bands, businesses and organizations paraded through the downtown. To kick off the event, four United States vet marshals were honored and introduced to the parade attendees. The fifth marshal in the line up was Navy Vet Richard Johnson, who said it meant a lot to see all of the people at the parade.

“It’s a great feeling to see the community comes out and supports the veterans,” Johnson said. “I’ve supported them and been in different parades, rode on floats and been doing this for a number of years.”

Johnson served in the Navy from 1966 to 1969. He noted, it was nice to be in the parade Saturday and also that it wasn’t his first time participating in one.

“It was an honor to be a part of this event and that be honored as the marshal of the United States Navy,” he said. “There’s a lot of people behind the scenes that take part in this to put it on and I appreciate all the veterans that came out.”

There were 39 participants in the parade Saturday and like Johnson, many of them were veterans themselves.

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