The annual Veterans Day Parade is Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in downtown Dalton. Lineup for participants begins at 9 a.m. on Waugh Street by the old jail. The First Baptist Church of Dalton parking lot is for marching bands only. Someone will be available to help you find the correct position.
The route starts at Waugh Street and goes to Hamilton Street to Morris Street to Thornton Avenue.
Participants will be given a list of important information no later than Wednesday, Nov. 6. This information will also be posted at www.americanle gionpost112.org and on the American Legion Post 112's Facebook page.
Veterans Day is one of 10 federal holidays recognized nationwide by the U.S. government. It is also a time of historic and patriotic significance, according to event organizers.
"Everyone is invited to this special event where we show respect to all veterans," said Lee Oliver, commander of American Legion Post 112. "Veterans Day honors everyone, dead or alive, who has served our country in war or peace -- although it is largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices."
Monday, Nov. 11, is the actual holiday but the Veterans Day Parade is always on a Saturday so more people can enjoy and join in this special time, Oliver said. He is expecting a great turnout for the parade.
Beth Wingfield, chairperson for last year's Veterans Day parade, is chairperson for this year's event as well. She is a member of the American Legion Post 112 and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Lebanon/Grenada period. Wingfield urges everyone to come out to support veterans -- and for those who like to sit, bring chairs. Groups are invited to participate by marching, riding, etc.
"The grand marshal this year is Mrs. Patty Parks, national president of Military Women Across the Nation," Wingfield said. "Mrs. Parks is a retired commander with the U.S. Navy, having served 25 years.
"She currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some time ago, Mrs. Parks formed a group called Tri-State Women Veterans, and then a few years ago this group joined with the Military Women Across the Nation."
After the parade there will be a special service at the American Legion Post 112 where this year's "Veteran of the Year" will be announced by Junior Vice Commander John Wilson.
Many entries have already been received for the Veterans Day Parade but there is room for more. For those interested in being included in this year's parade, email Wingfield at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond with information along with an application. For other questions or comments, call the American Legion at (706) 226-5120.