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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Blue Rapids To Host Veterans Day Parade Saturday

Flyers are up in Marshall County inviting all veterans to participate in the Blue Rapids Veterans Day Parade on November 11th. They may march or catch a ride in golf carts provided.

A special ceremony honoring 1st Lieutenant Michael H. Breeding will be held at 10:30 at the Community Center. The occasion is the presentation of a model, courtesy of John T. Juarez, of the plane Mike was piloting that fateful day. Juarez will tell the story of his reasons for the model and Jim Breeding will share a story of Mike written by his brother Patrick. The plane will then be walked over to the Museum where it will be hung in a place of honor along with the Viet Nam War Memorial panel with Mike’s name. There is also a glass cabinet with photos from Mike’s life and his P.O.W. bracelet. Two other cabinets hold Mike’s ceremonial sword and his flag and medals. The public is invited to join that short walk to view the museum display.

The traditional soup lunch with at least a dozen types of soup and desserts will be served at the Community Center from 11:00 to about 1:00.

Members of the Beatrice H.S. Flag Corps will perform at 1:00 and at 1:30 the Flying Conestoga’s will fly over the square three times. The Valley Heights Band will play our National Anthem as the American Legion Color Guard leads the parade.

 

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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