WHEATLAND – For the first time in many years, Wheatland’s downtown will host a Veteran’s Day parade, with a local WWII veteran officiating as the Grand Marshall.
The event will begin in front of the Platte County Courthouse at 11 a.m., at the WWII memorial statue on the front lawn.
Wheatland Mayor Joe Fabian will act as the emcee, starting the parade off with a few words to thank our country’s veterans. The Parade will be led by the Pony Express mounted color guard, and parade marshal Bob Noyce.
Noyce is a Wheatland resident and U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII.. He was sent to Europe in 1945, where his duties took him through France, Belgium, and Germany. While in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the escort for General George Patton. He was able to return home to Wyoming in 1947.
“Platte County is honored to have Mr. Noyce represent what has been called the ‘Greatest Generation’ in this very special parade to honor our community’s veterans,” event organizer Chloe Butler said.
According to Butler, the idea for hosting a parade began with members of the local Constitution Party chapter, as a non-political way to be a positive part of the community and honor local veterans.
“We’re hopeful that the Veteran’s Day parade will become a meaningful community tradition which will continue for many years, no matter who organizes it each year,” Butler said.
Platte County Volunteer Fire Departments and Police Departments will also be included in the parade to recognize their work in the community.
The Civil Air Patrol and Bikers Helping Others BHO-322 will also participate, along with several other local organizations.
Community businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals who would like to participate can contact Butler at (307)269-5011, or Rex Fritzler at (307)735-4103 by Thursday.