Newberry to honor veterans past and present
Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Junior ROTC will carry flags representing each branch of the military downtown for the Newberry Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 9.
The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Calhoun streets, according to David Parnell, with County Veteran Affairs. Participants will begin lining up around 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to honor its veterans,” said Eugene Wilson, commander of American Legion Post 219. “We encourage people and groups to enter the parade and then for the community to attend the parade on Nov. 9.”
The theme of the parade is all about veterans.
“We will recognize our Korean War veterans because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice,” Parnell said.
As grand marshals, veterans will represent each war period, from World War II to today. Also at the parade, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will give out American flags.
“We’re pleased to honor all that served our country as active duty, Reserves and National Guard,” said Talbot. “We thank the community for participating in this salute.”
Immediately following the parade, Parnell said there will be a brief ceremony in Memorial Park to recognize veterans. Parnell will be the emcee for the event. The national anthem will be played, followed by an opening prayer from Ed Miller, state chaplain for the American Legion. Walt McLeod will be the primary speaker for the ceremony.
There is no entry fee for the parade, but entries are encouraged to be patriotic. Parade applications are available from John Talbot, commander of American Legion Post 24 at 364-0539 or at the County Veteran Affairs office at 321-2161.
“Newberry has a proud military heritage, and many from Newberry still serve today. We appreciate the American Legion giving the community this opportunity to thank our veterans through the parade,” said Mayor Foster Senn.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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