Midwest City’s Annual Veterans Day Parade took place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11.
The parade began at the intersection of Century Boulevard and S.E. 15th St., travelled east to Douglas Boulevard, north to Reno and ended at Morris McGee Avenue by the MWC dog park.
To kick-off the event, vintage World War II aircraft group War Birds from Tulsa flew over the Grand Stand on Douglas across from John Conrad Golf Course. They were flying T-6 Texans which are commonly used for airshow demonstrations.
The Grand Marshall of the parade was Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base. Lt. Gen. Levy is responsible for operations that can span over three air force bases, which incorporates more than 35,000 personnel and civilians.
The success of the parade is reliant on the collaborative effort of many groups as well as the Chamber, the police and fire departments, banks, credit unions and Veterans organizations, according to Dave Sousa, parade co-chair and Disabled American Veterans MWC Chapter Officer.
“This is a combined city effort,” said Sousa.
When asked about expansion from the first year to this year, Sousa says they are not looking to grow in the immediate future. “We have to start small as a new parade and get our feet wet,” Sousa said. “Eventually, I’d love to see us as big as the Fourth of July parade in Edmond.”
The parade is co-sponsored by the City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce and includes around 75 vehicles in it each year. The lineup this year included cheer teams, marching bands and JROTC units from local high schools as well as Senator Jack Fry, the Fun Timers Square Dance Club, local banks, credit unions and many local veteran service organizations. KOCO 5 new anchors emceed the event.
“I want to thank the people of Midwest City for coming to support this,” Sousa continued. “I would love for more people from the city to come out and realize that this is the day we pay tribute to those who’ve fought and those who gave all.”