A crisp, cool morning and sounds of “This is My Country” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” were heard through the streets of downtown on Saturday.
The eighth annual veteran’s parade gave the community a way to thank those who had served to preserve the nation’s freedom. Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11.
Veterans, some in uniform, waved from classic cars as they traveled slowly through the parade route in downtown Hastings, while three local bands provided the patriotic soundtrack. And with the parade coming just three days before Election Day, the event was not without campaigners for the U.S. Senate and state Legislature.
Phil Odom, event coordinator, said there were 73 units in the parade and that there were more veterans in the parade this year than in years past.
“Adams Central, Hastings High School and Hastings College bands have been with us for a number of years and that really helps make our parade,” Odom said.
Many who attended the parade came to support a specific veteran like a friend, parent or grandparent. Sara and Jayse Schutte came to support Jayse’s grandfather, Army veteran.