Lincoln Veterans Parade highlights service women
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln High’s main parking lot had more traffic coming in than a regular Sunday morning would expect.
Volunteers with the Lincoln Veterans Parade spent the cold morning preparing for this afternoon’s event.
Parade commander Antonio Marino directed volunteers and parade partners throughout the morning to make sure the event ran smoothly.
“It takes a lot of good hands to get a parade to go,” he said. “We got a lot of those people helping out today.”
Members of the Red Cross and the Lincoln Police Department began shutting down traffic along Capital Parkway westbound to K street.
The parade would start from the parking lot and stop in front of the capitol building to present the flag.
“It’s all about the celebration and honor for the service of our brothers and sisters,” Marino said.
He served in the Marine Corps and wanted to make sure that veterans got their due respect.
Marino said many service members don’t get the thanks they deserve and get overlooked once back home.
“That is especially true with women veterans and so this year’s theme is honoring women veterans,” he said.
The opening ceremony of the parade recognized women veterans as those who get swept under the radar when it comes to recognition for their service.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird was present at the ceremony which took place on the steps of the north side of the capitol building.
The parade continued down to S. 14th street with special guest appearances from retired Brigadeurt General Roma Amundson and Air Force Veteran Teri Clark.