Veterans Parade set for Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parade organizer Mike 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.
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