America’s veterans ARE being honored for Veteran’s Day in the Four-State area although COVID-19 has led to several several cancelations, changes and revampings.
Galena and Baxter Springs have already held their parades.The Joplin Veteran’s Day Parade, originally scheduled for last Saturday, was canceled a few weeks ago by Robert S. Thurman Post 13 and Friends of Joplin Community Veterans.
While Joplin is having no parade this year, the local poppy drive did take place in the city. Also, one local veteran will be honored every day in the month of November with photos and a bio on the Joplin Community Veterans Day Parade Facebook page
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, there will be a two hour observance in the Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom at MSSU. However, It will only be open to faculty, staff and students. Employees and students are also asked to show their support for veterans by wearing a yellow ribbon available on campus.
In Sarcoxie, longtime government bugler Keith Garber will play taps at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sarcoxie Veterans Memorial, on the southwest corner of the square. The public is invited to attend
In Pittsburg the traditional PSU Veterans Memorial observance will not be held.
But at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Pittsburg State University will present a Veterans Day broadcast that will air on several platforms including television and computers. This replaces the traditional PSU Veterans Memorial. The program will feature several veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and military activities in in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For those wanting to make a day of it, Branson’s plans to hold its 88th annual Veterans Day parade are moving full steam ahead.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Branson Landing in downtown Branson. It will be one of several events taking place in the tourist town during Veterans Homecoming Week. Learn more online at Branson Veterans activities.
Those planning to attend are reminded to take and wear masks and practice social distancing.