Veterans Day celebrations in Garden City will come a day early next weekend with a Saturday packed with local celebrations and events.
The Garden City American Legion post will hold a Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 on Main Street after vehicle entries and horses gather in the south parking lot of the Finney County Fairgrounds and marching entries gather in the train depot parking lot from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The parade will feature marshalls Gordon Allen, a 92-year-old World War II Marine veteran, and Jimmy Stewart, an 86-year-old Korean War Navy veteran.
Also at 10 a.m. Nov. 10, Garden City Community College will host a Veterans Day event at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium, 801 Campus Drive. The event will feature Lt. Colonel Robert Darling of the United States Marine Corp.
Darling wrote the book “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01: The White House,” his account of working with the National Command Authority to respond to the 9-11 terrorist attacks as an officer in the White House Military Office, and the actions and decisions national leaders made that day in the face of crisis.
At 11 a.m. Nov. 10, the American Legion will recognize veterans, including the parade marshalls, and discuss the holiday and history of the U.S. military at the American Legion building in Garden City, 405 S. Main St. Following the presentation, around noon, the Legion will serve free hamburgers and hot dogs.
That night, there will be a fireworks display in honor of the holiday at 6:30 p.m. at the Finney County Fairgrounds.