Hometown heroes honored at Veterans Day Parade; great experience, says new resident
At 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 1918 — the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month — the armistice was signed, ending the fighting in World War I.
The 100th anniversary of that armistice is Sunday, Nov. 11, and on Saturday the City of Prescott celebrated with the annual Veterans Day Parade. This year’s theme was “Honoring Hometown Heroes: Remembering World War I.”
2018 Veterans Day Parade
The parade was dedicated to 31 servicemen from Yavapai County who served in World War I, including Prescott’s hometown Hero: Ernest A. Love.
Though she said she believes a few of the 86 entries were missing from this year’s parade, Recreation and Events Coordinator for the Veterans Day Parade Michelle Stacy-Schroeder said it was a fantastic event.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better parade, a better committee that helps me put this on,” Stacy-Schroeder said. “I’m a veteran myself, so it always means a lot to me to be a part of this parade.”
Before the parade began, Stacy-Schroeder named the 31 servicemen to whom the parade was dedicated and at 11:11 a.m., the parade was stopped for a moment of silence while Rep. Noel Campbell, R-Prescott, read the proclamation of the first commemoration of Armistice Day, originally given by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.
Campbell also read the resolution officially recognizing the end of World War I, passed by the United States Congress in 1926.
Armistice Day was established as a federal holiday in 1938 and it became Veterans Day in 1954 as its scope was expanded to include veterans of all United States wars.
This was the first time attending Prescott’s Veterans Day Parade for Chris Epperson and his family who moved to the area in June. It was a great experience and reflected one of the things they enjoyed about moving here, Epperson said.
“There’s just so much that goes on here and, obviously, the support of our military and our veterans and honoring them and having our kids exposed to that,” he said.
As for Renee and Larry Lacher, this was probably the second time they’ve attended the Veterans Day Parade in five years, Renee said, adding that their son, who attends Trinity Christian School, was in the parade.
“His teacher is a retired colonel from the Air Force,” she said. “Every year, she takes the fifth graders and marches in the parade and teaches them about the veterans.”
Lexe Niekamp said she enjoyed taking part in the parade with others from One Stage Family Theatre. They were all dressed up in their costumes for the upcoming “It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play.
They marched in the parade last year before their “Annie” show and enjoyed participating because it is for the veterans, Niekamp said.
“That’s like a big thing that we like to support as well as we always seem to have a great show happening around the Veterans (Day) Parade,” she said.