Veterans Day is a little over a month a way, and Amber Russell and area veterans are looking for folks to show their support during the annual Veterans Day Parade.
The parade will be Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., with a memorial ceremony preceding it at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Wall. The parade route will be the same as the Christmas parade.
After the parade, booths will be set up in the Hartsville City Park for a Hartsville Trading Post event.
“Floats are not mandatory for the parade,” said Russell. “I think worrying about a float may prevent people from entering, so if you want to show your appreciation for veterans and you have a cow that don’t mind being spray painted red, white and blue…then bring her on down! I’m totally open to all ideas for the day.”
Currently the parade has 20 participants, and Russell added they are looking for more.
“The day has been created to celebrate those of the VFW, American Legion and all veterans. Not just here, but all over the United States and abroad,” said Russell.
The ceremony before the parade will feature a performance of “Taps,” Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver will sing and there will be a small presentation to “remember how much some gave all to keep us free,” added Russell.
The event at the park will feature a Blackhawk, which will fly over before landing in the park, for children and adults to tour.
“I’m thinking we will also stage some of our emergency vehicles there to give the children more variety,” added Russell.
Various booths will be set up featuring hair bows, crafts, details for cars, wedding decorations and Tupperware, added Russell.
“Bring your items that you would like to sell, tagged with the price that you would like to get for your goodies, and bring them on down to the trading post,” said Russell. “Who doesn’t love a yard sale? Now we can sift for goodies while we enjoy the celebration.”
Also at the park, music group The County Line will be performing.
To get a sneak peak of the group, visit facebook.com/thecountylinebandmusic.
Deadline to enter the parade will be Nov. 1. For more information, contact Russell at 615-680-4799 or visit the parade’s Facebook page.
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