Veterans Day parade marches on

November 9, 2018

WALTONVILLE — This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the only remaining parades in Jefferson County to commemorate and honor veterans.
“The main point to the parade and Veterans Day is to reflect and honor those veterans who have served,” said Joe Norris, Waltonville Veterans Day Parade coordinator. “We honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have served, and those who are serving now.”

The theme for the event is “Keep America Strong.”

“No one has to register for the parade,” Norris said. “Everyone can line up on the east side of town by the VFW/AMVETS building. … We will fit everybody in that shows up. We appreciate anyone who participates or gets involved with the parade in any way.”

Parade lineup will take place prior to the parade start time of 10 a.m. The parade will wind through Waltonville to the Waltonville Unit District campus. Local veteran John Walker, who is a retired Navy Lt. Commander, will be the keynote speaker for the program which will be held immediately following the parade in the Waltonville High School gym.

After the program, chili will be served at the VFW Hall and donations will be accepted.