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Veteran’s Day parade, program on tap Saturday

SoVaNow.com / November 07, 2019
Saturday will be a day to line the streets of downtown South Boston for the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Starting at 11 a.m., the event is a chance for the public to show its support for veterans and their families in a grand display of red, white and blue.

Veterans with American Legion Post 8 will be leading the parade, which will make its way from Chalmers Street (site of Enterprise Car Rental) to Constitution Square after the 11 a.m. start. Following the procession, the celebration will move to Constitution Square with remarks by guest speaker, Command Sgt. Major David Ray Hudson.

Numerous veterans and community organizations will be participating in the parade, and all local veterans are invited to take part.

“We are really hoping that people will brave the cold and line the streets to support our local veterans,” said Lori Reaves, organizer of the event with Cissy Tingen.

Along with local veterans groups, the National Guard and the Halifax County High School band will take part in the parade. The HCHS band will be playing Taps, the traditional bugle call to recognize the end of the day.

The Constitution Square celebration following the parade will feature the Honor Guard from American Legion Post 8 performing a gun salute. A moment of prayer will be given by Zack Ford, who is a member of First Baptist Church of Republican Grove. Marine recruiters will be set up to talk with potential recruits.

The guest speaker, Hudson, served as the second National Guard Bureau Senior Enlisted Leader. He was the first enlisted member of the National Guard to report directly to a four-star general officer. Hudson was responsible for advising the Chief, National Guard Bureau on matters affecting the 550,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Matt Boswell, a well-known musician who performs at many local venues. He will be singing the National Anthem.

There will be food available for purchase from Dayz Delights food truck.

All participants in the parade are to enter on Chalmers Street (beside Enterprise Car Rental) to be checked-in for line up positions. Any veterans or others who would like to register to march in the parade can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In addition to the parade, on Friday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m., the Halifax County High School JROTC will present a program for veterans. The Halifax County JROTC Blue Comets Battalion will be honoring all those who have served. The event will take place in the HCHS gym. All veterans are asked to come at 8:50 a.m.

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