The oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation and the largest parade
west of the Mississippi.


All parade participants are to go to Parade Info Booth, LV Public Library, 417 Spruce Street, west parking lot, the morning of parade to get staging instructions. Booth opens at 7:00am.

Veterans Day Parade Flyer



Veterans Day Parade Flyer

2022 Theme

"Honoring Veterans for Defending Our Lives and Freedom During Wars or Disasters"

There are more than 25 million military veterans in the United States.

Veterans Day is the American name for the international day of remembrance called Armistice Day. It falls on 11 November, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the World War One. It is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all 50 states. The same day is observed elsewhere as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.

All major hostilities of World War 1 were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. Armistice Day was first commemorated in the United States by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, and many states made it a legal holiday. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all Americans to observe the day, and made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938. The holiday has been observed annually on November 11 since that date - first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day - except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.

Newspaper History - Leavenworth Times

(Taken from the Leavenworth Times November 11, 1918)
“The Leavenworth Times first received word of Allies and Central Powers signing the Armistice at 4am, November 11, 1918. Then all of a sudden a bedlam of whistles, bells and shots ruined all thought of sleep in Leavenworth and the wildest celebration in the city ever has known was underway. Leavenworth Mayor John C. Seitz declared a holiday as soon as he received word of the Armistice and by noon every business house in the city was closed and all employees were parading in the streets, shouting, blowing horns, screaming, throwing confetti and otherwise giving vent to the emotion brought on by the word of “world peace.”

(Taken from the Leavenworth Times November 12, 1918)
“Leavenworth went wild. Following the flash of glorious peace news and victory to Allied arms that arrived early yesterday morning, crowds of screaming, noise making, confetti-throwing, and gloriously happy people representing all ages from small children to gray-haired men and aged women, thronged the downtown streets from early in the morning until midnight. Never before in the history of the town has such a celebration been held, for everyone was thinking of a son, brother or other relative ‘over there’ whose task was finished and soon would be starting back.”

(Taken from the Leavenworth Times November 11, 1919)
On Tuesday, November 11, 1919, the headlines in the Times read – “Business Will be Suspended in City Today, All To Join In The Welcome Home Celebration”, and that was the start of the nation’s oldest Veterans Day observance, the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade.

The first parade/observance was on November 11, 1919, organized by Leavenworth business owner William Small of the William Small and Company Dry Goods. All businesses including banks were closed, as well as all public schools. All downtown store front windows displayed patriotic themes and were kept covered until 11a.m. when they were unveiled and judged. The Hines Band gave a concert at Fourth and Delaware Streets, community singing and athletic contests took place until 2:20p.m., when the automobiles and civic organizations began a line of parade from the courthouse.

Participation Around The World

Armistice Day to Veterans Day

President Eisenhower signs HR7786, officially changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
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On November 11, 1953, the citizens of Emporia, Kansas staged a Veterans Day observance in lieu of an Armistice Day remembrance. Representative Ed Rees of Emporia, Kansas subsequently introduced legislation into the House of Representatives to officially change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day [1]. Following a letter-writing campaign to secure the support of all state governors in the observance of this new holiday, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day (enacted 1 June 1954), to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has since evolved as a time for honoring living veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime, partially to complement Memorial Day, which primarily honors the dead. There has been some discussion of whether a person's veteran status depends upon his/her retirement or discharge from any of the armed forces. However, the term applies to any that have honorably served their country or that have served in a war zone as directed by their superior officers or as directed by lawful orders given by their country.

Veterans Day in other countries

Many nations within the Commonwealth of Nations observe Remembrance Day on the same date, but it is actually closer in spirit to Memorial Day. New Zealand and Australia also observe Anzac Day on 25 April. Other Allies of World War I have similar observances on November 11. Veterans Day was introduced in the United Kingdom commencing 27 June 2006, to celebrate the contribution of all those who have served in the UK's armed forces.

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Anyone wanting to participate in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade, contact Becky Johnson. Or fill out the form on the Application page
No commercial advertising allowed on vehicles in parade.

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Flag Etiquette

Parades and Saluting the Flag: All should rise when the US flag passes in a parade. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.