Veterans honored in annual Spirit AeroSystems Veterans Day parade
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - More than 75 floats of all kinds made their way down Central Avenue Saturday morning for the annual Spirit Aerosystems Veterans Day parade.
The event was also hosted by the Thomas Hopkins American Legion Post 4.
The parade included Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve units as well as members of the local aircraft industry and many others.
A flyover at Main and Central took place conducted by the 22nd aerial refueling wing from McConnell AFB.
According to Spirit’s Media Relations Manager Forrest Gossett, 10 percent of Spirit’s U.S. workforce are veterans. Gossett said Spirit is dedicated to helping veterans in many ways including maintaining their employment after being deployed because he feels this is their obligation.
Judges watched as the floats went by making their decision on which ones they felt were the best.
Float judge Kathy Bond said there are certain things that make a good float.
“It would look organized, it would look like they're having fun I don't want to see any frowns, I must see some smiles,” said Bond.
A closing ceremony was held in front of Exploration Place honoring young Marines. A tribute was also held to the fallen soldier.
Trophies were presented to the best three parade entrants.