Soldiers Reunion Set For July 11

(NT File Photo by Jeff Lundquist)

Austin cooled down with a couple shaved ices during the Griswold Soldiers Reunion last year. The event will be held again this year, but there will be a few changes due to the coronavirus.

GRISWOLD – The celebration will go on in Griswold.

The annual Griswold Old Soldier’s Reunion will be held on July 11, but will look a bit different this year due to the coronavirus outbreak and storm sewer work on streets near the City Park.

Griswold City officials said staff are working on the storm sewer on streets near the city park to help with flood control. The work should be done by the end of this summer, but because of that, no reunion events will be held in the city park.

But the celebration will kick off on July 11 with a tractor show on Cass Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a Legion Auxiliary Membership Drive at the Legion Building from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Cass County Historical Museum, which is scheduled to open for the season on July 10, will be open on July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is located on Griswold’s Main Street.

The theme for the celebration is Hometown Heroes and officials are asking for people to submit a picture and a brief write up about their “Hometown Hero.” Heroes can range from an essential worker, a healthcare worker, a first responder or a veteran. Submissions can be made by personal message on the American Legion Auxiliary Post 508, Griswold IA Facebook page or by email to kscism@gmail.com.

Those “Hometown Heroes,” and their families can be part of the Military March on July 11, which will be from Creighton Retreat Center, located west of Griswold, into town starting at 4:15 p.m. The march will be held to bring flags into town for the parade, and any veterans and their families are also invited to be part of the march.

The Old Soldiers Reunion Queen Contest will be held at the Griswold MS/HS Auditorium, starting at 4:30 p.m., and only families of the contestants will be permitted to attend the ceremony. Organizers are working to live stream the event so others can watch it as well.

Line up for the parade will start at 5 p.m. at the Griswold School Parking Lot, and the parade will start at 6 p.m. at the high school. It will travel down Harrison Street and Main Street.

A street dance will be held starting at 8 p.m., next to the East of Omaha Venue, on Montgomery Street, and feature the band “Shoot To Thrill.” Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Gates for the dance will open at 7 p.m.