Join the parade

You don’t have to drive a tank or fly a bomber to participate in our own tribute to our veterans. A farm tractor pulling a wagon or a convertible with a load of cheerleaders will do just fine.

Veterans Day activities honor all veterans, both living and dead, for their loyal service to their country. Nov. 8 is the day set aside this year in Oneonta to honor all military veterans with a parade through town.

Americans love a parade on any occasion, but this occasion is special. It is a chance to collectively say “thank you” to those who have served or continue to serve in our armed forces. They don’t ask for it nor expect it, but they appreciate it. Parade entries needed

Amy Rhudy, parade organizer, said around 90 entries participated last year. “We had hoped for even more this year, but so far, the numbers are down,” she said. With just over a month left until parade day, it is important to sign up soon to allow time to plan and organize the event.

Amy said floats could be simple or elaborate as long as they carry patriotic themes. The organizers are calling on the patriotic spirit of citizens to get behind this effort and show your appreciation by entering the parade. Schools, churches, businesses, and civic organizations are especially urged to enter.

Those interested in entering a float or vehicle should call (205) 625-6905 or see Amy Rhudy at the Blount County Memorial Museum in Oneonta.