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November 3, 2011

Veterans Day parade is Saturday

— The annual Veterans Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Theo Calvin Jr., 89, of Athens is grand marshal. Calvin served as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II and was a member of the 1st Infantry in 1943 under the guidance of Lt. Gen. George Patton.

Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Col. Daniel J. Shanahan, chief of staff of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command will serve as a special guests at the event. Formica and Shanahan will also be at Coffee Call at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Alabama Veterans Museum.

Tanner and East Limestone high school bands will perform and will march with a number of Limestone County veterans, civic groups, floats and a horse and buggy. Prizes will be awarded for best entry and most patriotic entry.

Organizer Roxanne Haggermaker said the parade includes a record 126 entries and although Sunday was the official deadline to enter, she doesn’t want anyone left out of the festivities. Those who still want to participate can contact Haggermaker who said she would make room at the back of the procession. Proceeds will benefit several of Limestone County’s military organizations. 

“Come out and support all of our veterans,” Haggermaker said. “We want people to come out and watch the parade and wave flags and wear patriotic colors.”

The parade route will begin at Athens High School and travel west on Hobbs Street. It will continue around the Square and south on Jefferson Street to the old Kroger building.

The public is invited to a free chicken stew following the parade at the Disabled American Veterans facility located at 25369 Airport Road. Leftover stew will be sold for $12 a gallon and $3 a quart. Those who wish to purchase stew should bring containers, according to Haggermaker. 

Anyone interested in being a part of the Veterans Day Parade should contact Haggermaker at 256-374-2073 or Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives Director Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578.

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