The annual Veterans Day parade kicked off at 10 a.m. Sunday at 4th Street and Western Avenue, Davenport. Immediately afterward, a program was held at the Scott County Courthouse. Names of 43 Scott County residents who died in the Vietnam War were read by various members of youth groups that marched in the parade. Becky Lee Hinton sang several patriotic songs. First Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek was the keynote speaker.
Military Explorer Post 9044 of Davenport was among the units participating.
Dana Jo Smith, decked out in red, white and blue, rode in a cart pulled by a donkey, which also wore patriotic attire. Smith has participated in the parade for many years.
The Davenport West High School Band marched in the parade, playing the national anthem and other patriotic tunes.
“As soldiers and veterans, each and every one of you answered the call of our country, serving where you were sent, saving lives and delivering hope to many around the world,” said Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, who was among the speakers. “You represent that long line of patriots who have served our country so well, generation after generation,” he said.