Saluting Veterans Day
John LaRe is about to receive the one honor that is missing from his distinguished life―heading a parade. The retired U.S. Air Force colonel has been selected as grand marshal for the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade in Cape Coral. The event running along 47th Terrace, between 8th Court and 15th Avenue, begins at 11 a.m. Organizers expect thousands to view the many car and service clubs, ROTC units, marching bands, performance and scout groups, a local chapter of Rolling Thunder, the advocacy organization, and much more. Col. LaRe, who is 91, will head the parade with family and friends. Beginning his military career as a World War II bomber pilot, Col. LaRe later flew in Korea and Vietnam. Further assignments included the Pentagon and time with the U. S. Department of Defense. He turned down a generalship to remain stateside with his wife and children. The Cape’s Veterans Day Parade once included 1,000 ROTC cadets, but those numbers this year will be much smaller, the parade’s coordinator says. Still, expect plenty of excitement at Southwest Florida’s largest celebration of the armed services, Linda Biondi says. “It’s a very cool parade.”
Col. John LaRe named parade grand marshal
Col. John, LaRe, now 91, began his military career as a World War II bomber pilot.