Desert Storm veterans to be honored Friday at Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade
The oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation and the largest parade west of the Mississippi begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday in historic downtown Leavenworth.
The theme for the 97th annual Leavenworth County Veterans Parade is “Desert Storm Veterans.”
Event organizers will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm by having a parade vehicle for all of our Desert Storm Veterans who would like to ride or walk in the parade.
Staging for all entries will begin at 9 a.m. Desert Storm veterans should come to the 400 block of Cherokee Street, where the parade vehicle will be positioned to go through parade.
Staging for all parade entries will be on Fourth Street between Cherokee and Choctaw. Taps will be played at 11 a.m.
Monetary awards will be given for best floats.
AC Byrd has been selected as the 2016 Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal. Byrd was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Muskogee, Okla. He was raised in, and around, Porum, Okla., and graduated from Porum High School in 1958. Byrd joined the U.S. Army on Feb. 28, 1959, where he served 24 years with two combat tours in Vietnam. Other overseas tours included Thule, Greenland; Paris, France and Tehran, Iran.
His military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
After retiring from the Army, Byrd worked another 20 years for civil service at Fort Leavenworth and retired again.
He is a 29-year Kansas Life Member of the Lansing Memorial American Legion Post. At the post level he has served 25 years in his current position as the Post Adjutant. He has served the Kansas First District as Adjutant, Vice-Commander, and Commander and is currently serving again as Commander. He served the Department as Area East Vice-Commander for three years and one year as Department Master-at-Arms.
He has been a continuous American Legion membership recruiter and has earned the Gold Brigade award for recruiting three times.
Byrd is fully retired and spends his time in volunteer work for The American Legion, Lansing Lions Club, Fort Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club, Friends of the National Rifle Association, as well as others.