Whitehall will celebrate its veterans a bit earlier than the rest of the country.

The city's Veterans Day parade will step off at noon Saturday, Nov. 9, from Etna Road Elementary School, 4531 Etna Road.

Organized by the Whitehall Community Celebration Association, the parade will proceed east on Etna Road to South Yearling Road, ending at Whitehall-Yearling High School, 675 S. Yearling Road, said Leo Knoblauch, past president of the association.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Curry, quartermaster and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8794 in Whitehall, will serve as grand marshal.

Curry was post commander from 2013 to 2017 and has since served as the quartermaster.

A resident of Pickerington, Curry, 64, retired from the Army in 2010.

In 2018, Curry retired from Defense Supply Center Columbus as chief of security and emergency services.

A 43-year veteran of the U.S. Army and DSCC, Curry has served tours in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea.

Curry's most recent assignments included commander of the 37th Infantry Bridge Combat team from 2006 to 2009, during which he was responsible for the deployment of 3,700 military personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and commander of the 107th Cavalry from 2003 to 2006 that included the deployment of 521 soldiers in Iraq.

He also is a veteran of Desert Storm in 1991 and served in South Korea in the 1980s.

He has earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service with Oak Leaf Cluster and multiple achievement, campaign and service medals.

"I am honored to be grand marshal and have the opportunity to represent my fellow veterans for this event," Curry said.

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