Legion float to honor veterans
By Tala Aurand

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington D.C.

The Tomb serves as a symbolic grave for all war dead whose remains have not been found or identified.

The Tomb began in 1921 with one unknown service member from World War I, and today is the grave of three unidentified service members. Its meaning has evolved to represent the memory of all military members throughout American history.

The Denver American Legion is providing a float for the parade honoring The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This float is owned by the State of Iowa American Legion. The Tomb float will be escorted through the parade by a local active duty Army soldier in dress blues.

After the parade, everyone is invited to a static display, just outside of Prestein Park. All active duty components of the military have been invited to participate. This includes: The U.S. Marine Corp, Army, Air Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and Navy.
All veterans who have served in any branch of the military are invited by J.P. Sager to join the parade and help set up the static display. The Denver American Legion will display the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier float all weekend.

Veterans interested in joining the parade or helping with the static display can wear anything military related that day. Please call J.P. at 360-870-4151 or just show up at 9 a.m. in the High School parking lot at the east end of Prestien Park in order to participate.

The Army National Guard has been invited to fly in a military helicopter Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. on the practice football field. The Air Care Medical helicopter will also be landing around 1 p.m. The arrival of both helicopters will depend on emergencies and weather.

The Marine Corps will be bringing some fun to Denver Break-Away Days by having a pull-up bar for everyone to show off their strength. There will also be a pugil stick display and other military paraphernalia, as well as vehicles.

On Sunday, August 21, the Army National Guard Band will be playing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while “marvelous” chicken is being served.

As J.P. Sager said, “It’s all about friends and family. That’s why Denver is so great!” Bring your friends, family, and Denver pride to the parade on Saturday, August 20, and show support for all veterans!
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