February 1, 2023
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Heroes selected for Military Bowl Parade honor

Five heroes and the people that nominated them will have a special place in Monday’s Military Bowl Parade prior to the game.  Katcef Brothers, the local Budweiser distributor developed a promotion asking people to nominate heroes in their lives. They could be military, public service, or someone that has never served; but been a hero nonetheless.  Narrowing down the entries was difficult, but five heroes will board a special Hero Trolley and follow the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales up Main Street to the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where they will receive a special VIP experience on the field and be honored on the stadium’s jumbo-tron.

IMG_0217Charlie Crystal
Charlie is a local guy who is a volunteer for Arnold volunteer fire department and was wounded in action . Each Christmas he dresses up as Santa and takes gifts to families on the fire truck. He gives his time and resources unselfishly.

Nakeisha Williams
My mother had me at the age of 15. We began living in a trailer with 2 bedrooms in Kansas. My mother had 2 girls and was a single parent. At one time it was us against the world. She joined the Airforce at 32 years old. She knew it was something to help raise her 2 girls. She never graduated high school and eventually attained her GED’ Bachelors, Masters and most recently completed her PHD… all for the military. She has graduated over 1200 officers for social work in all militarized fields at Walter Reed Hospital and beat breast cancer! (Nominated by her daughter Aimee)

Bill Keyes
William Snowed Keyes – A veteran of WWII, served in the 761 Tank Outfit, an African American Army unit. He spent 182 days on the front lines in Europe. He is currently 94 and works as a substitute teacher at South River High School where he continues to share his experiences with this generation. He is one of the last remaining members of this important and historic Army Unit. (Nominated by Sharon Littig)

Bill Gottshall
Video Submission. (Nominated by Beverly Brown)


Lawrence B.
My hero is my Dad, who served in the Army 1950-1953 in the Korean war. He accomplished 39 jumps as a paratrooper with only one broken leg. His stories of his service time are vivid and timeless. At 85 years old he has proven to be devoted to his country and family. My hero. I love him! (Nominated by his daughter, Julie)

To see how difficult it was to narrow down the field of entrants, please take a moment to read some of the other submissions!

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