Veterans Day events in Lebanon scheduled

Plans for the Veterans Day ceremony and parade are being finalized by event sponsors, American Legion Post 15 and co-sponsored by the City of Lebanon.

The event will begin with a parade on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and conclude with the ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse.

The parade forms on South Hatton Avenue to West Main Street, counter-clockwise around the Square, to East Main Street and conclude at the courthouse.

This year co-grand marshals will lead the event to the courthouse where the ceremony will promptly begin at 11 a.m. The annual observance will honor all veterans and Gold Star Mothers from all wars and conflicts, as well as those who have served and are serving now. There will be a variation in providing extra time during the ceremony for a brief religious observance on this coinciding Lords Day.

The Veterans Day activities include patriotic music, recognition of service branches and veterans, keynote speaker, 21-gun salute and participation by university and high school bands, students groups marching, JROTC units, National Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine representatives and vehicles, veterans groups and organizations as well as a flyover by military aircraft, civic and other clubs and emergency units.

Additionally, the first annual 5K runners will participate as the next to last unit in the parade following their run to raise funds for the proposed new Veterans Plaza, adjacent to the courthouse.

You are encouraged to line the parade route and attend the ceremony to honor those who have given and are giving their lives and service daily for their country and those who love freedom, said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson, an organizer of the event.

For more information about the parade and ceremony and to enter units for the parade, contact Henderson at 428-1671.