Participants sought for annual Veteran’s Day Parade

TAYLOR COUNTY—October has made its arrival, and before long, November will be knocking at the door. That means that local organizations will soon be shifting their focus to November activities, including the annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

In an effort to help draw in more participants, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 Auxiliary announced last year that the annual event would move from a daytime parade to an evening event.

“Our committee, comprised of members from the VFW, American Legion and their auxiliaries, heard from the community that many individuals, clubs and organizations were unable to participate in the annual parade because folks had to still work on the holiday,” explained the Auxiliary’s Brenda Thompson.

And after a successful event last year, parade organizers have decided to once again host the parade during the evening hours.

This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and community clubs, organizations, groups and the like are cordially invited to not only attend but to participate. 

Starting on Main Street at the old Elks parking lot, the parade will make its way through downtown Grafton, across the St. Mary’s Bridge, before turning Right onto Yates Avenue and traveling down to Grafton High School.

For those wishing to take part, line up will begin at the former Elks Club, located on Main Street at the intersection of Bridge Street, at 4:45 p.m.

In order to hold true to celebrating the revered day, the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Veteran’s day often coincides with other holidays celebrated in other countries marking the end of World War I, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.

The major conflicts of World War I were officially ended in 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day during the eleventh month. Until 1954, Americans celebrated Armistice Day, but then Veteran’s Day was instituted, and the holiday was renamed within the United States.

Veteran’s Day is a day for communities and citizens to come together to celebrate the service of all military veterans. What sets this day apart from Memorial Day, is that the focus is on those who served, whether living or dead, while Memorial Day was instituted to honor those who had perished while in service.

Communities nationwide hold special services and festivities to honor the military men and women in their areas. 

“We encourage all citizens to come out and show their support of not only the area’s veterans, but those nationwide,” expressed Parade Chair Andrea Chambers. “It is really important to remember that these men and women gave so much of themselves to help make America what it is today. Remember, all gave some and some gave all.”

“Help us make this a tribute to remember for all of our service men and women; past, present and future,” she added.

For more information, questions about the parade or to sign up to take part, please contact Chambers via phone at 304-612-4918 or by email at [email protected] to ensure your spot in the parade.


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