Parades, programs pay tribute to veterans
In a great showing of a wish for world peace while offering tribute to all veterans of all wars and peacetime alike, Veterans Day has been celebrated for decades with programs, parades and dedications held in towns and cities throughout the country.
Several parades and programs will take place throughout the area that invite veterans, families and members of the communities to show their support to these distinguished men and women who served for their fellow man and country.
Scottdale will hold a parade at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, hosted by the Scottdale and Everson Honor Guards, which are composed of members of the Scottdale VFW Post 7781, Scottdale American Legion Post 240 and Everson VFW Post 595.
“Anyone who is a part of the parade is asked to be at Loucks Park by 10:15 to line up,” Scottdale VFW Post Vice Commander Barry Kramer said. “We will then parade down Chestnut to Pittsburgh and then stop at the Graft-Jacquillard Funeral home where they will play some patriotic songs for us over the PA system.”
Kramer said that the parade will proceed down Pittsburgh Street and stop at the honor roll for the program.
Westmoreland County Commissioner and veteran Charles Anderson will be the keynote speaker, and the program will also feature comments by a few local officials.
Names of the veterans who died over the past year as well as the names of the veterans who are listed on the honor roll in Scottdale will be recited.
The Fayette County Veterans Day Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Connellsville.
The parade is held annually in either Uniontown, Masontown or Connellsville.
The lineup will be held around Seventh Street. The parade will proceed over the bridge and turn left on Pittsburgh Street, ending up at the memorial site off Route 119 for a short program.
Veterans from the area are invited to take part in the parade and program.
There will also be a parade and short program held in the borough of Mt. Pleasant starting at 10:30 a.m.
The parade and program are being sponsored by the Joint Veterans Committee of Mt. Pleasant.
The parade lineup will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Eagle and Main Street and will proceed down Main Street to the Veteran’s Wall park where there will be a short program featuring keynote speaker Maj. Timothy Moreau.
“This is a good area for veterans,” American Legion Post 446 Financial officer William Lozier said. “The communities are very supportive.”
Lozier said that area veterans are invited to take part in the parade. Vehicles will be provided for those who would like to participate but who may not feel they can make the walk.
Kramer from Scottdale said that they too have nice crowds for their programs and parades and the weather always plays a big part in the attendance.
“If its nice out, we will be a bigger crowd so we keep our eyes on the weather,” Kramer said.
There will also be a program at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Everson Veterans Memorial.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.