Patriot Parade to run through Main Street

11/6/2013

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated who would be operating the grills during the events downtown. The Legion Riders will man the grills.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated who would be operating the grills during the events downtown. The Legion Riders will man the grills.

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

A fireworks display will brighten the night sky at the Finney County Fairgrounds at dusk Saturday, but the real stars are the people who served and protected this country.

Harry H. Renick, Post No. 9, of the American Legion is hosting the 7th Annual Veteran's Day Patriot Parade on Saturday.

The parade will begin at the railroad tracks on North Main Street at 10 a.m. and end at Weber Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning, 711 N. Main St. Those who are participating in the parade are asked to arrive no later than 8:30 in order for the parade to start on time.

The celebration parade will include marching bands, horses, floats, bikes, golf carts, and of course, the veterans.

The veterans who will attend the parade are Kansas American Legion State Commander Gaylord Sanneman; District 8 Commander of the American Legion Gary Foos; District 8 Vice Commander Dan Stacy; and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President Marie Hamill.

Those who attend the parade will have the opportunity to meet and hear the parade's guest speaker and Grand Marshall, Cpl. Ronald L. Burbridge.

Between Nov. 27 and Dec. 13, 1950, Burbridge took part in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a decisive battle in the Korean War. During the brutal 17-day battle in freezing weather, 15,000 Allied ground troops were encircled by 120,000 Communist Chinese and North Korean troops. Although surrounded and outnumbered, the Allied forces inflicted crippling losses to the Chinese and North Korean troops.

The Allied forces broke out of the encirclement and retreated to the port of Hungnam.

Out of the 240 members of his company, only 28 men walked away from the battle. The others were killed or wounded. Burbidge was one of the wounded. He was just 22 during the time of the battle. He was discharged from the Marines in 1953.

A cookout will be held immediately after the parade with the Legion Riders manning the grills, serving free hamburgers and hotdogs.

"I encourage everyone to join us on this special day as we honor America's heroes," said Roy Dixon, parade chairman and Garden City American Legion Post 9 commander. "We want to remember all who served and those who are still serving to keep our country strong, safe and free." Dixon said. "Your involvement in this tribute to veterans will make us proud."

Among other activities there is a Veterans Day Breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday at the VFW, 1101 W. Mary St. The meal is free to all veterans. A free-will donation will be accepted from the general public.

Also, a Veterans Day celebration honoring all veterans will begin at 3 p.m. Monday in The Chapel at the Village at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St.

The program will feature Administrator Brad Radatz; Resident Services Director Shirley Luck; Sarah Dumler, pianist, and Pastor David Jones of Faith Baptist Church; American Legion Post No. 9; Roy Dixon; B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1404; High Plains Home School Choir; Cindy Smith Dial; Darin Bradstreet; and Frances Gillen.

The celebration is open to the public.

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