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Veterans Day parade and other observances

Veterans Day parade and other observances
Posted on 11/08/2017
U.S. flag flies from a Davenport Fire Department ladder truckThe Veterans Day Parade steps off from West 4th and Ripley streets at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by observances Saturday at Davenport City Cemetery and National Cemetery on Rock Island Arsenal.

Unfortunately, the parade won’t feature Davenport Community Schools marching bands due to the district’s cold weather policy for performances.

The event at Davenport City Cemetery, 1625 Rockingham Road, starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday and will feature an honor guard, three volley rifle presentation and the reading of names of veterans in the cemetery that served in wars from the War of 1812 to World War II.

The Rock Island National Cemetery’s observance will be at the cemetery's main flagpole at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker for the Veterans Day ceremony will Maj. Gen. Duane A. Gamble, commanding general, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, and senior commander, Rock Island Arsenal. The ceremony will include wreath placement, an honor salute by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299, and taps by Bill Hall, Bugles Across America.