The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 26, 2012

Parade organizers seeking entries

By Lora Scripps
lora@athensnews-courier.com

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

According to organizer Roxanne Haggermaker, anybody and everybody are welcome to take part in the parade, which pays homage to true American heroes.

She said organizers are currently looking for someone who has a truck and trailer that will drive and help pay tribute to veterans who have flown Honor Flight.

The Veterans Day parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. It will begin at Athens High School and end just beyond downtown at the site of the proposed new library on Jefferson Street. Deadline for parade entries is Nov. 1.

Limestone County’s Dempsey McLemore, a World War II paratrooper and prisoner of war, will serve as grand marshal. He was part of the 82nd Airborne and a member of Company A that jumped in behind enemy lines in Normandy, France. He was captured and taken as a POW and later liberated by the Russians.

Special guest Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, will also join in the festivities.

Parade entries

Each person or group entering a float, car 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.

Potential participants can call Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578, Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073 or Alysha Towe at 256-874-7215.