By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Get out your flags, memorabilia, and red, white and blue for the annual Veterans’ Parade.
This year’s event will be held in downtown London, Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning with a prayer and pledge in front of the Laurel County Courthouse at noon. The POW/MIA’s from American wars will follow, accented by a flag folding ceremony and patriotic songs.
The parade lineup will be in the North Main Street Kroger parking lot, with veterans from all wars marching through downtown London.
“We will provide a trailer for disabled veterans and transportation from the courthouse to Kroger for the parade lineup,” said Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield.
Veterans from all wars in all eras are urged to make plans to participate in the parade and ceremonies in this annual honor of our military. Any groups wishing to participate in the event should contact Westerfield at 864-4640 or Theresa Price at 231-8297.
“This parade is different from other parades because we want it to focus on our veterans and their sacrifices for our country,” Westerfield added. “If there are local groups who want to build a float to honor our veterans or our country, they are welcome to do so but they need to keep to the military and patriotic theme. The day is to honor our veterans.”
While the veterans are the main focus of the parade and festivities, Westerfield urges the public to come out and support those who have given their time and effort to ensure that America remains a country of freedom.
“We need to honor our veterans and let them know how much we appreciate what they did,” Westerfield said. “It doesn’t matter whether they were in combat or not, or what branch they were in. Each of them made a sacrifice and should be recognized and appreciated for that. We hope everyone will support our veterans and come to the parade to do that.”
After the parade, the celebration will conclude with a dinner at Farmer’s Market.