Recap: Florissant Veterans Day Parade
In case you happened to miss the City of Florissant's Veterans Day Parade, we've got a recap of the highlights.
Leading the parade was last year's Veteran of the Year honoree John Calahin, along with honorary Parade Marshall Officer Mike Vernon following in his red Camaro.
More than 70 groups participated in the parade this year, and though it rained, most parade units were able to stay dry before moving to the presentations, which were moved indoors.
Retired Army Sergeant Major Carl Hargus presided over the post parade ceremony and introduced Mayor Thomas Schneider and Guest speaker Pat McGonigle of KSDK Channel 5.
Kenneth Hoffman, who served in the Air Force in Korea, was named 2012 Veteran of the Year for his continuing community service and retiring Chief of Police Bill Karabas was given a special recognition for his full support of all Veterans events.
Police Department Chaplain Father Bill Baier from St. Ferdinand Parish opened and closed the ceremony with a prayer and the gathering recited the pledge of allegiance and sang the National Anthem.
Following the celebration, box lunches were provided to everyone present by 54th Street Bar and Grill and retiring Florissant Parks and Recreation Director Ron Veach arranged for the water and Pepsi product beverages.