The Ohio American Legion 12th District has canceled the Hilliard Veterans Day parade that was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 11.

“We have been monitoring the weather (forecast), and the rain and sleet are predicted to begin right at step-off,” said Tom Rowe, commander of American Legion Memorial Post 614 in Hilliard.

The decision was made for the safety of those marching in the parade and patrons, Rowe said.

The parade will not be rescheduled, he said.

However, a bean dinner for veterans will be provided as scheduled from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard.

The decision to cancel the parade was the American Legion's, said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.

“The American Legion consulted with the city and they determined that, because of the predicted weather, canceling this year’s parade was the appropriate decision,” he said. “I believe some of their participating groups were starting to cancel. It is their parade and the cancellation was their call."

Hilliard Division of Police Chief Robert Fisher, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, would have been the grand marshal of the parade.