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|POSTED 7:20 p-m 11/8/09 Mother Nature apparently had one more spectacular day in reserve, and she let it out as Galesburg paid tribute to America's heroes.
People lined the streets of the city's downtown area on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon to take in the 9th Annual Veterans Parade, which was led by the American Legion Color Guard. Several veterans organizations, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Galesburg High School Marching Streaks, the Costa Catholic Academy marching band and the Monmouth College Pipe Band were among the dozens of entries.
This year's parade grand marshals represented three generations of veterans: Sgt. Robert "Grandpa" Robison, his son PFC Timothy Robison and Sgt. Robison's grandson, Pvt. Devon Austin. There was also a bomber plane flyover by Mike Godsil and the Galesburg area's nine Gold Star familes were represented.
A ceremony followed on the Knox County Courthouse grounds. Tammy McCulloch, Wolf Den Leader of Bethel Baptist Cub Scouts Pack 317, talked about the history of Veterans Day. Her scouts gave out Medallion Heroism Awards to veterans at the ceremony.
Staff Sgt. Ryan Hummel of the Illinois Army National Guard also spoke.
Organizers say the parade and ceremony were to honor all veterans, past and present.
Photos of the 9th Annual Galesburg Veterans Parade and Ceremony
Crowds line East Main Street in anticipation of the 9th Annual Veterans Parade in downtown Galesburg
The Monmouth College Pipe Band performs at the Veterans Parade
Costa Catholic Adademy's Marching Band at the Veterans Parade
The Galesburg High School Marching Streaks at the Veterans Parade
Galesburg Fire Department Chaplain Reverend David Parker delivers the invocation at the ceremony on the grounds of the Knox County Courthouse
Victoria Bailey sings the National Anthem at the ceremony on the Knox County Courthouse grounds
Roger Johnson deivers the MIA/POW prayer at the ceremony
Tammy McCulloch, Wolf Den Leader of Bethel Baptist Cub Scouts Pack 317, talks about the history of Veterans Day at the ceremony on the courthouse grounds
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
|11 09 09 by Newsroom
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