Delaware residents are being asked to take a moment out of their day to thank veterans for their sacrifice and service by attending the Delaware Veterans Parade, set Sunday, Nov. 10, said Margo Litke, one of the parade’s organizers.
The parade will step off, rain or shine, at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 from the Delaware County Fairgrounds and travel down Pennsylvania Avenue to North Sandusky Street through downtown, ending near Wilmer Street.
The parade will have “a great mix of veterans,” Litke said, including some who served during the era of the draft “and didn’t have a choice.”
Several assisted-living facilities will bring veterans for the parade, Litke said.
“Everyone needs to cheer really loud for them,” she said.
The parade “gets bigger and better every year. ... Every year we have new entries,” she said.
This year’s parade will include four bands, she said: the Columbus Saints all-age band, the Hayes High School and Buckeye Valley High School marching bands and the Ohio Wesleyan University Marching Bishops.
Several Scouting groups and local military reservists also will participate, she said.
This year’s parade marshals are veterans Larry Prince, Chris Aker, Lynn Ramey, Charles William Grooms, Bob Pendleton and Harold Wolford.
Litke said a social event with desserts and coffee will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Merchants Building at the fairgrounds.
Applications to participate in the parade will be accepted until Nov. 10, she said.
Anyone interested can register the day of the parade from noon to 2 p.m. at the Merchants Building.
Applications are available at Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St.; Barley Hopsters, 1 N. Sandusky St.; J Gumbo’s, 9 N. Sandusky St.; the Veterans Service Commission office, 149 N. Sandusky St.; and at delawareohverteransparade.wordpress.com.