Whitehall's Veterans Day parade will step off at noon Saturday, Nov. 11, from Etna Road Elementary School, 4531 Etna Road.

The parade will travel west on Etna Road and south on South Yearling Road, concluding at Whitehall-Yearling High School, 675 S. Yearling Road.

Richard Curry, past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8794, 4100 E. Main St., is grand marshal of this year's parade.

Curry, 62, of Pickerington said it is an honor to be selected as grand marshal.

Curry is the chief of security and emergency services at Defense Supply Center Columbus, on East Broad Street in Whitehall.

He is a 36-year-veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1974-2010, including in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Whitehall's parade will feature Whitehall-Yearling's marching band, said Karen Conison, president of the Whitehall Community Celebration Association, which organizes the parade.

The parade also is expected to include American Legion Post 490 of Whitehall and the Civil Air Patrol.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, referred to the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when fighting ceased in the Great War, now known as World War I.

Congress declared it as a federal holiday in 1938.

In 1954, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day to account for veterans in other wars.

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