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|Vets Honored in Galesburg
|The cold and breezy weather conditions didn't keep people from honoring America's heroes as onlookers lined the route of Sunday's 8th annual Veterans Parade in Galesburg.
TGalesburg High School Marching Streaks was just one of the bands that performed during the parade that organizers say had around 80 entries.
This year's Grand Marshal was the Gold Star Family of Illinois Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Kyle Wehrly. The soldier from Galesburg was the first from the area who died in Iraq fighting for his country. The Grand Marshal Escort was 7-year old Layla Sundberg of Galesburg.
The parade disbanded in the area of the Knox County Courthouse grounds, where a ceremony was held. The key speaker at the ceremony was Captain Lanny Finn, Commander with the Charlie Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery. Finn told a large group that was assembled that there is one important, yet simple thing that none of us should forget to do on Veteran's Day.
"Just say thank you. So on behalf of a greatful nation, I want to express my sincere thanks to all the veterans for what they have done for me. Thank you to all the veterans who can't be with us today who are across the world deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan."
Finn also thanked the families of veterans.
In addition to Finn's remarks, a group of four people sang the National Anthem, Salvation Army Captain Rick Ray delivered the invocation and benediction, Roger Johnson of AMVETS gave the POW/MIA Prayer and there was a laying of the veterans' wreaths.
On Tuesday, the Galesburg Community Veterans Memorial Committee is holding a memorial service at 10 a-m at the Veteran's Memorial at Lincoln Park. Three Congressional Medal of Honor winners from Knox County will be honored: James Stockdale, Robert Dunlap and Philip Sydney Post. Music will be provided by the group Joyful Noyz, Galesburg Alderman Wayne Allen will serve as master of ceremonies, and there will also be remarks from Mayor Gary Smith.
|11 09 08 by Newsroom
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