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Important Veteran Notices and Veterans Day Parade Information

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Parade cancelled due to
Weather! !!

Parade Information provided by Fred Kelsay. (Thanks Fred)

Folks:
The Veterans Day parade is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.on Monday November 11th at the junction of Whittington and Park avenues and will travel down Central Avenue to Olive Street . The grand marshal for this year's parade is retired Lt. Col. Joe Calhoun, who served in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and the United States over a 24-year career with the U.S. Army. .

Born and raised in Arkadelphia, Calhoun later moved to Grant County, graduating from Prattsville High School in 1964. He was attending Ouachita Baptist University on a basketball scholarship when he was drafted into the Army in 1967. He received his officer commission on 1968, retiring in 1990 as a lieutenant colonel and moving back to Arkansas in 1992.

During his career, Calhoun was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, Airborne Jump Wings, two Legion of Merits, two Meritorious Service medals, three Bronze Stars with a V, ArCom with a V and two Purple Hearts.

Preceding the parade, a free spaghetti dinner for all Veterans and dance will be held at Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, on Friday, Nov. 8th. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Jackie B & Me will perform on stage at 7 p.m. after the dinner. Veterans are encouraged to wear their military uniforms.

Several local High School Bands will march and play in the Parade.

There is no entry fee to participate in the parade, and contact Parade Chairman, Mike Sharp at the DAV (501) 760-4648 or Jim Shelor at (501) 627-6110 for information or to obtain a Parade application. Parade floats and participants are encouraged to get your application in as soon as possible as Nov 11th is coming soon!

U.S. Air Force veteran Dick Antoine will normally emcee the event along with local personality Tom Wilkins, but Dick Antoine will be out of Town for the Parade this year, and retired U.S. Army Sgt Bill Sexton will take his place this year as emcee. Master Sgt Bill Sexton founded the Veterans Day Parade many years ago!

Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs