Supporting veterans near and far with annual parade


TAYLOR COUNTY—The Grafton community has a rich military heritage and has always been more than proud to show it off. Each year, during the month of November, the community comes together to honor those who have selflessly served in the military.

According to Brenda Thompson, the point of contact for Grafton’s Annual Veteran’s Day Parade, this year the parade will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m., and line up will begin at the former Elks Club, located on Main Street at the intersection of Bridge Street, at 9:00 a.m.

“We are still accepting groups and organizations for the parade,” shared Thompson. “If you would like to contact me, I will make sure there is a spot for you in the parade.”

She added that as long as anyone wishing to be a part of this year’s parade is in the Elks parking lot by 9:00 a.m. on parade day, she would be glad to get them in the lineup.

Following the parade, there will be a service held at the Grafton National Cemetery, located on Walnut Street. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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 Thompson. “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.”

For more information, or if anyone has any questions about the events scheduled for this year’s celebration, please contact Thompson at 304-476-8727.

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