Saturday Downtown Roanoke will host the second annual “Virginia’s Veterans Parade.” The parade is to pay tribute to veterans of all services and all conflicts. The parade begins at 11am with a fly-over from an Air Force C-130 Hercules Aircraft, and features more than 1,600 participants and 75 units.
Virginia’s Veterans Parade was started in 2010 by a group of veterans from the Roanoke region, who wanted to bring back a time-honored tradition of holding a public event to honor the region’s active and retired military service personnel. The parade is only one of two known in Virginia.
Citizens from homes and apartments in Roanoke, VA will once again have the opportunity to show their patriotism and honor our military service men and women at the 2nd Annual Virginia’s Veterans Parade.
The parade participant highlights include: Virginia Tech regimental band; Highty-Tighties; VMI Pipe Band; 29th Infantry Army Band – Virginia Army National Guard; area high school bands; 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Military Vehicles; 116th Infantry Battalion and E Company 429th Brigade Support Battalion (700 soldiers); Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College; VFW Rolling Tribute; and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.
The goal of the parade is to create an ongoing event that honors our military personnel, both past and present,” said Robert (Bob) Eaton, Parade Planning Committee Chair.
ITT NightVision, the parade’s lead sponsor, has donated the funds to cover parade costs each year.
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