Veterans Day Parade 2011 will march down Main Street at 4 p.m. Friday with Calloway County veterans invited as guests of honor.
Sam Warner, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6291 and an organizer of the event, said all veterans are urged to attend. Transportation will be provided for those that want to participate but need assistance.
“The (Murray Calloway) Transit Authority is going to go to the nursing homes and pick up some of the veterans in the trolley that are able to get out. They will bring them to the parade and ride through with them,” Warner said. “They will also take them to a chili supper at First Baptist Church and about 6 p.m. take them back to the nursing homes.”
Warner said use of the MCTA trolley will allow most disabled veterans to participate in the parade and other festivities and protect them from weather. Special transportation will also be provided for all other veterans that may not be able to walk the route from Memorial Baptist Church to the Courthouse Square.
“We’ll have Parker Ford’s little surrey up there, the trolley and we’ll also have a trailer with straw for everybody who wants to ride on that,” Warner said.
Several parade participants have been confirmed. The Murray Police Department Honor Guard will be part of the festivities and Calloway County Laker and Murray Tiger bands will march together. Others featured include some participating Murray State University sororities and fraternities; the VFW’s Ladies Auxiliary and Murray’s Red Hand and the Patriots motorcycle clubs.
National Guard Major Jay Todd, commander of the 432nd Military Police Company in Murray, will be keynote speaker during a special patriotic ceremony honoring veterans on the courthouse square after the parade.
The chili supper for veterans will take place at First Baptist Church following the ceremony.
Details concerning other entrants have not been confirmed. The public is encouraged to line the parade route, wear lots of red, white and blue and cheer for the veterans.
Elsewhere, veterans with residency in Calloway County will have a chance to get a legal will free of charge Friday. Murray High School has partnered with local attorneys to provide veterans with free wills during a special program at the school from 9 a.m. until noon. Fulton Ky. attorney Jason Batts, who organized the event, said the program will also provide students with an opportunity to learn about history from those who helped make it. All veterans living in Calloway County are invited to participate but are asked to provide a photo ID showing proof of residency.