HALEYVILLE - This year’s Veterans Day Parade in Haleyville will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, with line-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. on 20th Street beside CVS and the war memorial.
Parade organizers Mickey Holdbrooks and Bud Nixon, American Legion adjutant and American Legion county commander, respectively, invite anyone who wants to have a float in the parade, along with all area civic organizations, fire departments, school bands and others who want to be a part of the parade to come join in.
Prior to the parade, the annual ceremony honoring the local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation’s freedom will take place at 9:45 a.m. at the Memorial located at the intersection of Highway 13 and 20th Street. A wreath will be layed, and “Taps” will be played in honor of the those whose names are inscribed in marble upon the memorial.
Following the parade, all area veterans and their spouses are invited to the American Legion Post on Highway 13 North for a free barbecue meal, with all the trimmings. The meal is expected to begin at approximately noon.
Once the meal is over at approximately 1:30 p.m., a flag retirement ceremony will take place. Nixon has tirelessly been collecting torn and worn-out flags from across the area that are ready to be retired properly, and he has recruited scouts from across the area to take part in the ceremony, not just as a way to teach them patriotism, but to also help them obtain badges.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and help pay tribute to the men and women who have made it possible for America to remain free.
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