Veteran’s Day Parade With a B-25 Flyover Saturday in Quincy
This year’s 2014 Veteran’s Day Parade in Quincy will be held on Saturday morning, November 8, beginning at 10 a.m.
The Veteran’s Parade Committee, led by Chairman Dick McKinney, works all year long on organizing this wonderful event and nearly 90 entries have been secured for the parade which begins at 12th and Maine and goes to 5th and Maine. Many of the entries will reassemble at 1 p.m. at the Illinois Veteran’s Home for a small parade for the resident living there.
This year’s Grand Marshall will be Richard Pace of Canton, Missouri. Pace is a Vietnam veteran who rode the lead horse of the caisson that carried President John F. Kennedy during his funeral procession through Washington, D.C. Pace is also a Purple Heart Recipient.
One of the toughest things to secure for an event like this is a “flyover” of a military aircraft. A flyover takes tons of paperwork, and that paperwork needs to go through several different hands in the chain of command to get approval. The committee contacted Colonel Bob Moore of the Commemorative Air Force about doing a flyover of the parade featuring a B-25 Bomber aircraft and Moore has agreed to do so. .
This Saturday the B-25 will be taking veterans and other people on flights around the area. The cost for a flight is $395 per person. To sign up for a ride, call Dick McKinney at 430-2912.
So bring your lawn chairs and your American Flags and salute our veterans as they go by Saturday morning and remember to keep your eyes to the skies for the B-25.