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Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11 will begin at Sahalee Park; several local veterans showcased

The annual Veterans Day Parade will take to the streets of Madras at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, as a way to honor those who served our country.

Representatives of businesses and organizations wanting to have a float in the parade are encouraged to register by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Early parade check-in and registration begins at 12:45 p.m. on the day of the parade and ends at 1:45 p.m. at Madras High School on 10th Street.

The parade will begin on the east side of Sahalee Park on 10th Street near Madras Elementary School. It will proceed north to B Street, west on B Street, south on Seventh Street, east on E Street, and back to 10th Street where floats will disperse near the schools.

"The Veterans Day Parade is important because it is our community recognizing those that offered everything for our communities to exist today and for others to know freedom, then also for our veterans, to see the fruits of their offering in the smiles of children and adults being free to assemble," said Michael Williams, the adjutant of the Madras American Legion Post 125 who is helping organize the parade.

Honored veterans include Loyal Miller, a World War II Army veteran who served in the Burma Campaign; Larry McLean, a Vietnam Army veteran; and Larry Blymyer, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq.

Williams said the parade will recognize all veterans and honor first responders, EMTs, law enforcement, firefighters, Civil Air Patrol, ROTC, local businesses, groups and youth who want to participate.

The American Legion Post 125 of Madras sponsored the parade beginning in 2008 as a veteran gathering, then to march and recognize other veterans. The event progressed, and now, the Madras – Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade, and The American Legion helps organize and co-sponsor it.

Williams said there are typically 60 to 80 floats, but they have seen more than 100 some years. Frequently, groups from surrounding communities join the event.

He pointed out that most Veterans Day parades take place at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in recognizing the Armistice. The Madras parade is at 2 p.m., allowing other communities to participate in this event after theirs.

"We will be following city, county and state guidelines in physical distancing, not throwing candy out for children, or serving refreshments as we normally do," Williams said. "We ask the public to understand and comply with the guidelines, wear masks and be safe."

The chamber will broadcast the parade live on its Facebook page.

Williams noted that local students may not be able to participate this year due to virus restrictions.

"The Civil Air Patrol may not be able to provide a 2:15 p.m. fly-by honoring our local veterans and participants this season as usual, but we are having a parade," Williams said.


Veterans Day Parade

2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11

Sahalee Park area, Madras

Register by 3 p.m. Nov. 10, by calling: Mike Williams, 541-912-1962; Rolly Swearingen, 541-420-0981; or Davida at Madras-JC Chamber, 541-475-2350

The chamber will broadcast the parade live on its Facebook page.

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