By Michael Dorausch, DC
Why is Veterans Day important? It is the annual American holiday honoring military veterans that have served our country. When it comes to honoring those veterans, a parade is hard to beat. If you live in the United States, there is likely a Veterans’ Day Parade taking place somewhere in your community in the upcoming days to this year’s Veterans’ Day, which is officially on November 11, 2008. Below is a listing of several local parades taking place throughout the US, in honor of America’s veterans. Click on the links for Google maps marking local Veterans’ Day parade events.
(photo: American flag at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – courtesy of jcolman)
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Veterans Day Parade – West Richland, Washington: Saturday, November 8th. The parade is being put on by the West Richland Area Chamber Of Commerce. Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Grosscup Boulevard and West Van Giesen Street.
Veterans Day Parade – Syracuse, New York: Saturday, November 8th. Veterans will be honored in downtown Syracuse with the annual Veterans Day parade. The parade begins at noon in Clinton Square, just off of Interstate 690 and Interstate 81.
Veterans Day Parade – Keyser, West Virginia: Saturday, November 8th. The Keyser Veterans’ Day parade is expected to begin at 1 p.m., with parade participants lining up at noon. Lineup for the Veteran’s Day parade begins on First Street.
Veterans Day Parade – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Saturday, November 8th. The Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Milwaukee. The parade will begin at North 4th St. and West Kilbourn Avenue and proceed east on Kilbourn to N. Plankinton Ave., then south to West Wells St., east along Wells before heading south on North Prospect Avenue, then east on East Mason St. to North Lincoln Memorial Drive. The parade ends on the lakefront at Veterans Park.
Veterans Day Parade – Long Beach, California: Saturday, November 8th. Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi is expected to be a guest for the Long Beach Veterans’ Day parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street.
Veterans Day Parade – Phoenix, Arizona: The VA Veterans Day Parade in Phoenix runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The event takes place outside the Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center. The parade runs north from the VA Medical Center, beginning at Seventh Street and Montecito (north of Indian School Road) in Phoenix. The parade will turn west on Camelback Road and proceed to Central Avenue, then turn north to Bethany Home Road, where it will end at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
Veterans Day Parade – Dallas, Texas: Tuesday, November 11th. The annual Dallas Veterans Day parade and ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at City Hall. The Veterans’ Day ceremony includes a fly over of F-18As from Marine Air Group 41 JRB in Fort Worth, Texas. The parade is expected to begin at 11:15 a.m. at Reunion Arena, and will proceed north on Houston Street to Main Street, then east on Main to Ervay Street, south on Ervay to Young Street, then west on Young, where it will pass City Hall about 11:50 a.m.
Veterans Day Parade – Rockland, Massachusetts: Tuesday, November 11th. The 55th annual Tri Town Veteran’s Day parade will begin at is expected to begin around 9 a.m. The Rockland Veteran parade will begin on VFW Drive, near the corner of VFW and Liberty Street. The procession will make its way along Union Street to the parking lot in Rockland Plaza about a mile and a half away. Those seeking more information can call the Allied Veterans Council at (781) 871-4243.
Veterans Day Parade – Plymouth, Massachusetts: Tuesday, November 11th. The Plymouth Veterans Day parade assembles at 9 a.m. at Hedge Road in North Plymouth and steps off at 9:30 a.m. For more information call the Veterans Services Department at 508-747-1620, ext. 172 or 173.
Veterans Day Parade – San Diego, California: Tuesday, November 11th. The Veterans’ Day Parade takes place in downtown San Diego. It is set to begin at 11 a.m. Broadcaster for the San Diego Padres, Jerry Coleman, will be the parades grand marshal. The parade begins at Pacific Highway and Cedar Street and ends on Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive. For more information please call 619-244-1886.
Veterans Day Parade – Boston, Massachusetts: Tuesday, November 11th. The Boston Veterans Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Boston Common. Parade will head down Charles Street to Boylston Street, Tremont Street, to Cambridge and then to City Hall plaza. For more information please call (617) 635-4455.
Veterans Day Parade – Tucson, Arizona: Tuesday, November 11th. Staging for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. the parade is expected to start at 10:30 a.m. Starting point is at West 14th Street and South Sixth Avenue. The Tucson Veterans Day Parade is expected to and around 12:30 p.m.
Veterans Day Parade – Chicago, Illinois: Tuesday, November 11th. The Veterans Day Parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Benton and Water streets. The parade route will proceed north on Broadway to Downer Place and west to the GAR Memorial Hall. For more information, contact the mayor’s office of special events at (630) 844-4731.
This is only a brief listing of Veterans Day parades taking place across the United States, for more information regarding a Veterans Day parade in your area, contact your local Veterans Services Department.
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