GALLIPOLIS — The annual Veterans Day parade through downtown Gallipolis will be 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 to honor military veterans and to demonstrate community support for their service.
All veterans, veteran service groups, and community organizations are encouraged to participate. Those wanting to participant in the parade are asked to contact the Veterans Service Office at 740-446-2005, no later than Nov. 6. The parade is organized by the Gallia County Veterans Service Commission.
Parade participants will gather at 10 a.m., Nov. 11, on Spruce Street between First and Second avenues to form the parade order. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and march down Second Avenue, ending at the Doughboy Monument on the First Avenue side of Gallipolis City Park.
The annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., with this year’s guest speaker Lt. Col. Dan Faulkner, VFW state surgeon.
If the Veterans Service Commission decides that weather will prevent the parade from occurring, the ceremony will move to the Ariel Theater, which will still begin at 11 a.m.
Before Veterans Day, there are several other events that honor our military men and women, past and present.
The Gallia County VFW Post 4464 will honor vets at the Gallipolis Wal-Mart store at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7.
The VFW will present the nation’s colors with a small parade from the ball fields on Smithers Avenue (the street directly across from the entrance to Wal-Mart, with the signal light) to the outdoor living center of Wal-Mart. At 10 a.m., there will be a ceremony to honor Veterans Day inside the store hosted by employees of Wal-Mart.
Later that day, the Gallia County Vietnam Veterans of America will have a special flag and pole dedication ceremony at Bob Evans Farms Homestead in Rio Grande to honor veterans and active-duty military.
The event will include special remarks from local veterans and representatives from local veteran organizations, as well as Bob Evans Farms.
Also, the Bob Evans restaurant in Rio Grande will honor veterans and active duty military with a choice of select free breakfast items all day Saturday, in advance of Veterans Day, when the same offer will be provided company-wide at all restaurant locations.
According to a spokesperson from Bob Evans Farms, company founder, the late Bob Evans, was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was mustered into service in January 1945.
In 2010, Evans was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
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