Organizers plan to have a car parade and a flyover to observe Memorial Day in the midst of corona virus restrictions on the size of gatherings. Flyovers are scheduled Monday morning, May 25, above both the Fort McPherson National Cemetery Shrine south of Maxwell as well as the 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte.
The Panther squadron of P-51 experimental aircraft will fly over the cemetery at 10 a.m. and fly over the memorial in North Platte about 15 minutes later.
In advance, commemorative wreaths will be placed at the main flag pole at Fort McPherson as well as the 20th Century Memorial and the nearby Law Enforcement Memorial.
A parade of cars honoring veterans will be held earlier at the VFW and American Legion buildings at East Fourth in North Platte. This parade will leave the VFW parking lot at 9 a.m., travel west on Fourth to Jeffers, and then turn north to Cody Park. After circling through the park, the cars will head south on Jeffers, through the heart of North Platte, to the 20th Century Veterans Memorial on the south side of the I-80 interchange.
The parade will disperse there, with no official gathering at that time.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., the P-51 training planes will fly above the Memorial, led by Lloyd Remus and other pilots from the Colorado Springs, Colo. area. The Panther Squadron provides the tributes in Lincoln County at no charge each year to honor veterans on Memorial Day.
From the Memorial, the small squadron will fly over Great Plains Health in a show of appreciation of the medical staff, and they may also fly above Jeffers St, depending on the time available.
The observance at Fort McPherson is coordinated by Tom Leet, Russell Berggren and Dennis Lombardi.
The observance at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial is coordinated by the president of the board Kevin Kennedy and several of his fellow veterans from the VFW and American Legion posts.
“We encourage you to show your appreciation to our veterans past and be present on Memorial Day. We are confident that our country will recover and people will again be able to gather in appreciation of those who gave their all, and those who continue to make huge sacrifices for freedom,” Kennedy said.