The Walker County Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will be held Saturday morning in downtown Jasper.
The ceremony will begin at 9:50 a.m. at the Walker County Courthouse square, and organizers said the parade should pass by the courthouse square at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick, a Vietnam veteran, has helped organize the event for several years. He will open the ceremony at the courthouse with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance.
“I’m honored to be able to help with this event every year,” Hamrick said. “Veterans Day is a special day for me, and I enjoy celebrating it here in Walker County.”
The ceremony will also include remarks by Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and VFW Post 4850 Commander Fred Smith. Jennifer Beard Short will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and entertainment will be provided by dancers from Marilyn Sanders Performing Arts Studio. The second annual Sonny Richardson Award for Patriotism will also be given during the event.
Hamrick said a highlight of the ceremony each year is a flyover by Jasper pilot and veteran Joey Sanders.
“He will be flying a vintage World War II aircraft,” Hamrick said. “The flyover is always something that people enjoy seeing, and it will finish up our ceremony.”
Lineup for the parade is scheduled for 8 a.m. at Walker High School. The parade is sponsored by VFW Post 4850 and the Ladies Auxillary. Trophies will be given away for best band and floats. Those awards will be handed out at the VFW after the ceremony. Free hot dogs and drinks will also be available after the parade at the VFW post.
Another annual Veterans Day celebration will be held Friday in Parrish.
The eighth annual Veterans Day Program will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Parrish Veterans Memorial Flagpole.
“We are expecting a big crowd,” said George Harland, an organizer of the event. “The program has grown every year, and I think it will grow again this year.”
The ceremony will feature the Parrish High School Band, which will play the songs of each of the branches of the U.S. Military. Harland said students from Parrish Elementary School will sing patriotic songs during the event.
“We want everybody to come out and help us celebrate our veterans,” Harland said.