This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day.
Growing up, my family always made sure to fly our flag on this day, as my father, and many others in the family, were retired from the Navy. We would watch the patriotic movies that were being run on local television stations. What we never did, though, was go to a parade. Not because we wouldn’t have but because there weren’t any for us to attend.
Fortunately, times have changed.
In Louisville, we will be honoring the services and sacrifices of both veterans and active duty military with a Veterans Day parade and other activities in downtown Louisville this Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 p.m.
The parade, which will feature military bands, active and retired veterans’ organizations, restored military vehicles, re-enactors and service organization, will begin at 4th and Liberty Streets, proceed north to Main St then head west, ending at 9th Street. The parade will be led by a Joint Services Color Guard which will include members of all five branches of the armed forces. After the last unit passes, veterans and their families will be invited to join the procession and follow the parade to its end. Special bleachers are being installed for those who are unable to walk the entire route.
Other features of the Veterans Day event include:
For the second year, Louisville’s Veterans Day celebration is the result of the planning by an all-volunteer committee comprised of local veterans and service organizations.
“I’ve heard from so many people who were thrilled and moved by last year’s parade which was the first in Louisville in many years, so I know we will have a huge turnout this Veterans Day,” Fischer said. “These veterans deserve our respect and thanks and I hope all Louisvillians will come out and help salute these brave men and women.”
For more information, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Mayor/News/2012/11-1-12+vets+parade.htm
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock/mashurov
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