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

2018 Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Chairman – Jason Johnson

This year's 2018 Leavenworth County Parade Committee Chairman is Jason Johnson. He has been a lifelong Leavenworth County resident and has participated and /or helped with the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade for 29 years. He is a 1994 graduate of Leavenworth High, where he was a member of the JROTC, graduating as a Cadet Captain. Jason has been a member of this committee for 10 years, having replaced his late mother and long-time member D.J Burns. Jason assists his father Larry Burns on the parade route setting up Section 2. He has been a member of Sons of The American Legion Post 23 for 29 years. During which time he has held numerous post positions and has also held positions on the state level. Jason works in Cardiovascular Management as a Cardiac Technician at University of Kansas Medical Center. Jason and soon-to-be wife Michelle Ireland, have 3 children: Dylan, Brittany, and Alex.

"I'm so proud to be part of such a prestigious event. Never thought that I would have the opportunity to participate in an occasion year after year where I am able to say thank you to those who made it so that I am able to remain free. This event means so much to me, not only due to the veterans that I have in my family, but what this great event means to this city and county."