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October 30, 2013

Athens Veterans Parade organizers seek more entries

— Organizers of the upcoming Veterans Day Parade in Athens are seeking more entries for the sixth annual event.

“It’s getting down to the wire,” parade organizer Roxanne Haggermaker said. “We would like to have all entries in by Nov. 7. Of course, we won’t turn anyone away.”

The Veterans Day Parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The parade will begin at Athens High School and follow the Christmas Parade route.

Grand marshals are Carmen Montgomery of Carbon Hill and Alice Rogers of Athens. Louise Steel, also of Athens, is the honorary grand marshal.

“We are getting it all together and we look forward to the event,” Haggermaker said.

Last year, about 120 groups and organizations participated.

After the parade, free chicken stew will be served at the Vietnam Veterans of America Building on Elm Street.

Parade entries

Each person or group entering a float or other entry is asked to donate $25. Donations should be mailed to the Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 W. Pryor Street, Athens, AL 35611, or call and a volunteer will pick it up.

Trophies will be awarded for most patriotic and best overall display.

Potential participants can call Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578 or Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-206-6702.

Free concert Sunday

Haggermaker invited everyone out for a free concert at the Vietnam Veterans of America Building Sunday.  The event, featuring 251 Detour Band, is from noon-6 p.m.

Haggermaker, who is organizing the event, said guest singers would have the opportunity to take the stage at the end of the night. Concessions are available.

“It’s something we want to do once a month,” Haggermaker said. “ Non-smoking, non-drinking — It’s a really family-oriented event.”

Haggermaker added the 251 Detour Band also plays at the VVA building from 7-11 p.m. every Saturday night.

The Vietnam Veterans of America building is located at 17915 W. Elm St. in Athens. To find out more, call Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-206-6702.

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