A10’s Announcing the start of the 2023 Veterans Day Parade.

Pilots who flew the A-10s right at 11 a.m. for the starting kick off of the Pocatello Veterans Day Parade on the 4th of November 2023.

Maj Munns, hometown Snowville, UT and Lieutenant Tolley, hometown Boise, Idaho. With the 190th Fighter Squadron, out of Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.

Parade Art Contest winners.

Idaho Army National Guard, Caldwell Park, with their military equipment on static display.

Kristin Larson, David Platt, Don Dover, Kermit Morrison, Clint Hollingsworth, Kelly Woods, Diana Woods, Richard Hollingsworth, and Craig Nalley, are assembling a float for the 4th of November 2023 Veterans Day Parade.

Parade Marshall for the 2023 Veterans Day Parade

      Colonel (Retired) Craig Nickisch, born and raised in South Dakota, entered the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC.

     He served in Germany in a tank battalion, and later commanded a Parachute Cavalry unit and then served in Viet Nam from 1967-68 in the First Infantry Division. His final Army assignment was teaching Foreign Languages and Linguistics at the United States Military Academy.

      His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal. His foreign awards are the Federal German Cross of Merit and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

      On retirement from the Army, he accepted a professorship at Idaho State University where he has been recognized as Master Teacher, Outstanding Researcher, and for Outstanding Public Service. He has also been named the Most Influential Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

      Colonel Nickisch serves on the state’s Commissioning Committee for the new nuclear submarine, the USS Idaho. He was a founding member of the Military Science Chapter of the ISU Alumni Association, and he is active in the Pocatello Rotary Club.



“Because the Veterans Day Parade contest had so many entries,” Young added, “we are excited to announce the addition of a People’s Choice Award. To cast your vote, visit the Farm Bureau booth at Caldwell Park on parade day, November 4, from 9:00 AM to noon. All the patriotic entries will be on display for parade attendees to decide in person which one speaks the most to them. The People’s Choice Award, which is a $100 prize, will also be awarded at Caldwell Park by the Parade Marshal at noon.”

2023 Veterans Day Parade Student Art Contest Winners

“After much excitement, anticipation, and deliberation,” said Hiedi Young, Military & Family Readiness Specialist with the Idaho Nation Guard and member of the Pocatello Veterans Day Parade committee, “we are pleased to announce the winners of the Pocatello Veterans Day Parade Student Art Contest. First Place, a $300 Prize, was awarded to Joy Hibbert, an eighth grader at Franklin Middle School. Second Place, a $200 Prize, was awarded to Jimmy Chen, a sixth grader at Grace Lutheran School. Third Place, a $100 Prize, was awarded to Abigail Simmons, a seventh grader at Heritage Baptist Academy. Congratulations! And we want to extend a huge thank you to all the talented artists who shared their heartwarming tributes honoring our heroes. Your art truly paints a picture of gratitude and respect for our veterans.” Winners will receive their checks and certificates at Caldwell Park from the Parade Marshal on parade day, November 4, at noon.

First Place

by Joy Hibbert

Franklin Middle School

Second Place

Third Place

Abigail Simmons

Heritage Baptist Academy

The Pocatello Veterans Day Parade is a growing event, and the parade committee has made several changes this year to create the best possible experience for participants, sponsors, attendees, and veterans. Some of this year’s changes include, streamlining the parade lineup process, taking Parade Marshal nominations, and adding a Veterans Day-themed youth art contest (“Lest We Forget”). There is no entry fee.

The parade committee would like to have our veterans recognized. Last year we assigned a number for each entry, but during the lineup process, it was very difficult to put them in that order so that the announcer would know who is coming up at his location at Caldwell Park, so he could recognize the entry and the veterans.

The information that was gathered last year from each entry, the names of the veterans and participants is still on file. So this year, we have made large laminated number cards to be placed on the right front side of the entry so as the entry approaches Caldwell Park, the announcer will see that number, and will be able to identify your entry with the information in his binder. This number will correspond with the information you give to us on your entry. During lineup, you will be given your laminated number to be placed on your vehicle or float on the right side.

All entries will come enter South 1st Avenue Street off from East Holiday Street.

On August 31, 2023

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho, located at 275 Tierra Vista Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201, presented the “Pocatello Veterans Day Parade” committee with a check for $3,000 to help cover the cost and expenses for The Veterans Parade.

Despite the 20 degree temperatures, the 2022 Veterans Day Parade was a resounding success with an estimated 4000+ Pocatellans braving the cold to show their support for veterans.

Veterans Day Parade Chairman, Richard Hollingsworth is also the Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, District 7.  He previously served as the Commander of Foreign Wars Post 735 for more than a decade.

October — Parade updates and reminders

For parade information or to sign up for a float, please visit:


All parade participants need to contact the parade committee at vfwccpost735@gmail.com or 208-221-0077, so you can be placed on the lineup sheet.

All floats and vehicles must be approved by the committee.

There is no entry fee for anyone participating in the parade.

The parade will start at the intersection of South first Avenue and East Center Street.

It will go up East Center Street where it will pass Caldwell Park on the south side of East Center Street.

When the parade arrives at 15th Street, it will turn and go south on South 15th Street and end at Reed Gym’s east-side parking lot.

There will be two sets of bleachers / seating available at Caldwell Park near Paul Anderson to watch and hear parade announcements.

The parade will be livestreamed (on Facebook and YouTube) with the help of Idaho State University.

The 2022 Veterans Day Parade is being sponsored by District 7 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The website for Post 735 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be used as a conduit for information about the parade.

Veterans Day Parade Committee Members

Mr. Marshall G. Riggall – Retired (05) Commander US Navy

Mr. Mike Myers – Farm Bureau Insurance

Mr. Mike Smith – Lieutenant USAF Civil Air Patrol

Mr. George Breshears – Retired Colonel USAF Civil Air Patrol

Mr. Steve Roberts – Retired Colonel U. S. Army

Ms. Heidi Young – Veterans Family Services

Mr. Richard M. Hollingsworth – State of Idaho District #7 Commander VFW

Boy Scouts of America will precede each organization and carry an identifying banner

Various horse-oriented organizations will be the final entrants in the 2022 Veterans Day Parade.

Tentative Parade Lineup

United States Army

Idaho State University Marching Band

Parade Marshal for Army

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

United States Marines

Parade Marshal for Marines

United States Navy Colors

Parade Marshal for Navy

Merchant Marines

Parade Marshal for Merchant Marines

United States Air Force

Parade Marshal for Air Force

United States Space Force

Air National Guard

United States Coast Guard

Veterans Service Organizations

Daughters of the American Revolution

Idaho Army National Guard

Veterans of the Foreign Wars

United States Army Reserve

United States Navy Reserve

American Legion


Marine Corps League

American Gold Star Mothers


Military Order of the Purple Heart

Civil Air Patrol

Am Vets

Non-Commissioned Officers Association


Vietnam Veterans of America

Student Veterans of America

Idaho State University

Idaho State Veterans Home

Memory Walk and Honor Walk

Walkers with a Photo, Memento, or sign in

remembrance of a Veteran

At Caldwell Park a booth will be set up with an announcer who will describe what is coming next in the parade, who they are, what they are, and where they came from, and their sponsors. Mr Paul Anderson will be the announcer with the assistance of Mrs. Melissa Hartman.

      The Veterans Day Parade committee has requested aerial flyovers. The airspace falls under the preview of the United States Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA has been contacted, in Salt Lake City, Utah and a request has been submitted for their review.

     Request for Armed Forces participation in our Veterans Day Parade has been submitted, along with a request for Military Aerial Support for our flybys and for a static display has been submitted.

     The committee has submitted a request for the Federal Aviation Administration coordination for our Veterans Day Parade to be considered for US Military support. Along with that flight, standard District office will be reviewing the flight plan for the flybys if approved by the military branch.

1. “Lest we Forget” is the theme for the parade.

2. All entries for the parade must be pre-approved by the committee: send to vfwccpost735@gmail.com.

3. “Sponsors and Donations” must be made out to “District #7 VFW” no cash please.

4. Floats – signs must be placed on all four sides identifying the group. Maximum float length 55 ft, height not to exceed 13 ft, width not to exceed 9 ft. Construction materials must be able to stand up to rain or snow, music on the floats is welcome, but no loud sirens.

5. At the end of the parade there will be a Memory walk or Honor walk by anyone, to honor a veteran, walking with a photo, momento or sign.

The Veterans Day Parade line up will be on South First Street, starting at 8 a.m., the parade will start at 10:45 a.m.. It will go up East Center Street, then turn South on 25th Street and end at Reed’s Gym parking lot.