A Topeka military widow was surprised to learn her hometown didn’t have a regular Veterans Day Parade, so she’s organizing one.
Army Sgt. Jamie Jarboe was paralyzed from the chest down after he was hit by a sniper’s bullet in April 2011 in Afghanistan. Before his death in March 2012, Melissa Jarboe talked to Jamie about one day being able to participate in a Veterans Day parade.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that after Jamie died, his widow learned that Topeka didn’t have a Veterans Day parade.
Melissa Jarboe is now organizing a parade scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in downtown Topeka. She hopes area military and veterans’ groups will participate and that it becomes an annual event.
My name is Melissa Jarboe, military spouse, wounded warrior wife and war widow. Today and everyday moving forward, I will honor the sacrifice of our men and women who selflessly serve our nation.