Parade Committee

Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, Inc.

Executive Board

Executive Chairman
Charley Shoemaker
V.F.W. Post 12003

Executive Vice Chairman
James Fricke
V.F.W. Post 12003

Jeannette Fricke
V.F.W. Auxiliary 12003

Diane Smith
American Legion Auxiliary 23

Parade Chairman - 2018
Jason Johnson

Parade Chairman - 2019
Ed Gunnels

Total Membership: 35 (includes 6 Honorary Members)

The parade committee is comprised of the following veteran service and fraternal organizations: American Legion Byron H. Mehl Post & Auxiliary 23, American Legion Andrew Newton Post & Auxiliary 94, Lansing Memorial American Legion Post & Auxiliary 411, Lansing VFW James Taylor Memorial Post and Auxiliary 12003, VFW George E. White Post and Auxiliary 56, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 75, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7, Voiture 1163, VFW Bernard Lee Deghand Post 12073, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary 55, and Knights of Columbus Council & Auxiliary 900.

Veterans Day Flyer


2019 Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Chairman – Mr. Edward Gunnels

Mr. Edward Gunnels has been selected as the 2019 Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Chairman.

Ed served in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served on active duty from 1977 to 1992 and in the US Army Reserves from 1994 to 2004. He began his military career as private first class mechanic and progressed through various assignments overseas and in the United States with a combat tour in Iraq. Upon completion of his military career, he retired at Fort Riley as Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor with the rank of Master Sergeant.

After his Army retirement Ed has worked as a mechanic and is currently employed in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Ed is a six year American Legion member with the Lansing Memorial American Legion Post 411, Lansing, Kansas. He earned his eligibility for The American Legion by serving in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the post level he served on the executive committee and is currently on his fourth year as the post commander. He is a member of the Lansing VFW 12003.

Ed and his wife, Patti, have been married for 36 years. They have two sons and three granddaughters. The Gunnels live in Leavenworth.