8th annual Veterans Recognition Parade planned Saturday

Trystan Koch, 4, and Makynzie Koch, 10, greet their father
Sgt. James Koch as he participates in the 2013 Veterans
Recognition Parade in downtown Hastings.

Although chilly November temperatures might dissuade some parade spectators from spending their Saturday morning in downtown Hastings, the organizers of the eighth annual Veterans Recognition Parade are anticipating a successful turnout for the event, which historically has honored local veterans with a wave of support from businesses and community members.

Veterans of all military branches will walk and ride in classic cars in the parade beside Scout troops, city officials, Masonic and Shrine members, police and fire department officials, and marching bands, creating a melodic mix of people and music for veterans in recognition of their service.

"We always try to promote that our veterans come home, raise families and do their jobs. They are just regular men and women, but they make our community great," said Phil Odom, member of the Lodge 50 Masons and a key organizer of the parade since its inception in 2005.

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