Despite freezing temperatures, Lawrence community members gathered on Massachusetts Street to honor veterans in the annual parade, which made a return Saturday morning after a two-year hiatus.
The parade’s board of directors selected Warren Corman, of Lawrence, as the grand marshal for the 2022 Lawrence Veterans Day Parade. He’s a World War II U.S. Navy Seabee, according to information provided by parade organizers.
“Corman spent two years as a Navy Seabee in a construction battalion from 1944 to 1946. After fighting in the Battle of Okinawa, the last and bloodiest battle of World War II, Corman came back home to the United States on Mother’s Day 1946,” according to organizers.
“He enrolled at KU and studied architecture from 1946 to 1950, graduating with B.S. Architectural Engineering 1950. Corman also served as a licensed Professional Engineer and Architect, the Director of Facilities, Kansas Board of Regents and the KU University Architect. He was associated with numerous facility projects during his life but helping designing the loudest arena in college basketball Allen Field House and the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics are among his favorite accomplishments.”
Photos by August Rudisell