Annual Veterans Day Parade set for Saturday morning
by James Phillips
Nov 03, 2010 | 2122 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vehicles line 19th Street in downtown Jasper during the 2008 Veterans Day parade. Photo by: Ron Harris
Vehicles line 19th Street in downtown Jasper during the 2008 Veterans Day parade. Photo by: Ron Harris
The annual Walker County Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will be Saturday morning in downtown Jasper.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Walker County Courthouse square, and organizers said the parade should pass by the square at approximately 10 a.m.

“We will start the program at 9:30 that morning,” said Bruce Hamrick, Walker County Commission Chairman and a Vietnam veteran. “We will be in contact with the leaders of the parade to be sure they get to the courthouse about the time our ceremony ends. It usually works out pretty good every year.”

Hamrick, who is helping to organize the event, said the ceremony will include a flyover by Jasper pilot Joey Sanders, a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps by the Walker County Honor Guard. Hamrick said the event will also feature a guest speaker, special musical performances and a tribute to World War II veterans.

Parade organizers are asking anyone interested in participating in the parade to be at Walker High School’s parking lot to line up at 8 a.m. Saturday.

After the parade, all veterans as well as area residents are invited to visit the Jasper VFW where a variety of activities are scheduled.

The VFW will honor every veteran who shows up with a pin, and a Wall of Honor to remember Walker County soldiers killed in the War on Terror will be unveiled.

Hamrick said VFW members have also been working on the fighter plane located outside the Jasper VFW.

“They’ve put new paint on it and will have new decals on it by Saturday,” he said. “It looks really good. They are going to have it set up where children can climb up to the cockpit and have their picture taken.”

On Friday afternoon, the sixth annual Veterans Day program will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Flagpole in Parrish.

Organizers are encouraging citizens to attend as a way to honor Parrish area veterans.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature high school bands performing patriotic songs.

Several veterans are also scheduled to speak. Paver bricks will be sold at the event for $25 each. For more information, call George Harland at 205-544-5869 or Garland Thompson at 205-275-0824.