Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Omaha

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 2:48 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A parade honoring the men and women who died fighting the war against terror is set for Friday in Omaha. The parade starts in the Old Market, at 12th and Jackson streets, proceeds east to 10th Street, and follows a short path to the Durham Museum.

Bill Williams and his wife, Evonne, are behind Patriotic Productions, the nonprofit putting on the parade. Williams, vice president of the group, said the parade, which gets underway at 6:30, is probably the shortest in the city’s history. He said the group’s memorial “Remembering Our Fallen” will be on display in the museum parking lot. The memorial contains over 5,000 photos of the fallen since 9/11 and it’s the only memorial like it in the country.

The Budweiser Clydesdales and the Fort Riley Mounted Patrol will make an appearance. Country singer Lee Greenwood will sing the national anthem, Williams said.

“We invite people to come out and show their support for the Gold Star families,” Williams said. “It’s not a political event. All patriotic Americans are invited to come and enjoy.”

More than 200 Gold Star families will attend, 6 News reports. Tiffany Bock’s husband, Michael Bock, cleared the way for other soldiers and equipment in Afghanistan. He did his job, no matter what, she said.

Tiffany said the charges didn’t detonate three times. He got out of the tank and ran about 300 yards under fire, dodging things on the ground, getting shot at, lit the line charge, and ran back to the tank. His heroism did not go unnoticed by the enemy, who sent snipers after him. One of them killed him.

The meaning of Memorial Day is not missed in her family, Tiffany said.

“Some people do still miss out on it,” she said. “They don’t understand that this isn’t about going out and barbecuing with their family. This is about remembering all those who have died fighting for their freedom.”

Williams said remembering the fallen is the nonprofit’s mission.

“The fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan will not be forgotten,” he said.

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