A new website dedicated to the annual Veterans Day Parade has been set up at www.ClaremoreVetsParade.com. The application, as well as information as the parade is being planned will be featured.
The annual Veterans Day Parade, set for Monday, November 11, will be kicking off at 11:11 a.m. from the Expo Center. Plans are being organized, and the first committee meeting is set for Wednesday, September 11 at 1 p.m. at MMS-Payne Funeral Home in Claremore. Those wishing to take part in the planning of the most important and memorable parade are invited to attend.
Prior to the parade is the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Expo Center Flagpole. Featuring the patriotic story of the United States Flag and its proper disposal when it is no longer in display condition, the event is an important way to teach children, and adults as well, about the importance of our flag.
Almost anyone can enter the parade, however a parade application must be filled out prior to the parade, with the deadline to be included being October 31. The application includes an area where the individual, float, or group will fill out to denote how they will be announced as they pass the announcement booth at NeMar Center. The application is available at Claremore’s Joe Ronnie Hooper Memorial VFW, the JM Davis Gun Museum and at MMS-Payne Funeral Homes, as well as online at www.ClaremoreVetsParade.com and claremorevfw.org. The earlier the application is received, the earlier in the parade the entrant may be lined up in the parade. They may be faxed back to the post at 918.342.5731.
Groups such as the VFW, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans all have floats that Veterans are invited to participate with, and as usual the Claremore Veterans Center will have a host of their residents in the parade, both in vans and being pushed in wheelchairs. Volunteers are always welcome to help with their attendance.
After the parade, the VFW, DAV and American Legion will provide the free Veterans Luncheon, this year being hosted at the VFW. The hours of the luncheon are 12:15 to 2 p.m. or whenever the food is depleted. Every year the three Veterans organizations provide this luncheon to honor all Veterans. Veterans and their families are welcome to attend.
“We are expecting a huge turnout this year,” said parade committee chairman Wayne McCombs. Sponsored by MMS-Payne Funeral Homes and the VFW, the parade is always well attended and much anticipated. Local school children are always on-hand waving their flags and cheering on the Veterans and other parade participants. Attending the parade and flag retirement ceremony for many is but one way they can honor the sacrifices that Veterans have made in order to keep us free, as well as teaching their children about patriotism and the cost of freedom.