Salut­ing Vet­er­ans Day

Cape Coral Living - - Radar - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

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.

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