Meridian Star

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September 30, 2013

Veterans Day Parade seeks participants

MERIDIAN —  Organizers of the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in Meridian are hoping the Nov. 11 parade will be bigger and better than ever and are encouraging those who wish to participate to sign up now.

    According to Chuck McElroy, event coordinator, a good crowd turned out last year to salute those men and women who have served America in uniform. He is hoping to capitalize on that momentum with a much larger event this year.

    "We had a good turnout, both from the residents saluting the veterans and by those organizations who participated in the parade itself," McElroy said. "We hope more turn out this year. We especially hope that parents will bring their children because it is the children who need to know what these veterans have done and how important it is to acknowledge their service."

    McElroy, a Persian Gulf War veterans of the US Army, said the parade event is open to anybody and everybody wanting to participate. He said high school bands, floats and any military demonstrations will go a long way in providing the atmosphere to celebrate some of our nation's warriors.

    "The only thing we can't have are horses," McElroy said. "Other than that, motorcycle clubs, marching bands, floats of military service, and anything else the people can think of will be fine."

    The focus of this year's parade will be on Korean War Veterans. McElroy said the vets from World War II and Vietnam have been the subject in past events and it is time to remember those who served in "The Forgotten War." The parade will begin at 3 p.m.

    McElroy said the applications to take part in the parade are available now up until Nov. 8. Anyone wanting to get an application and fill it out can contact Leroy Morse at 601-693-4422.

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