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Annual Veterans Day Parade Steps Off in Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- The annual Douglas County Veterans Day Lighted Parade will step off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 from the front parking lots of Douglas County High School (8705 Campbellton Street, Douglasville, 30134) with lights, floats, music and patriotism.

The parade route will be north on Campbellton Street, west on Church Street, south on Bowden and Woodrow Streets, and returning to the high school.

The purpose of the parade is to salute veterans, active military and reserves, and the American flag. All units are required to be in compliance with the parade purpose.

Leading the parade will be the American Legion Riders from Post 145, who will announce their arrival with a roar and flags. The parade banner will be borne by the four Douglas County garden clubs and will be decorated with a red rose for each citizen of Douglas County who has died in battle, beginning with World War I. Garden Club members will distribute 1,000 red carnations to veterans and supporters along the parade route.

The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will precede bagpipers Rick Parker and Jonathan Wilkins, and the huge American flag that takes up both lanes of the roadway will be carried by the Douglas County 4-H Club members.

Military units, especially those from the 3rd to the 108th, have been invited to be in the parade; many of them are currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Iraq War veteran Brian Hall will be in the parade with his therapeutic dog, Radar. Medic Hall was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, and many Douglas County citizens contributed to the cost of Radar, who has greatly contributed to Brian's quality of life.

ROTC units from Douglas County, Chapel Hill and Alexander High Schools will march in the parade, as well as bands from Douglas County, Lithia Springs and Alexander High Schools.

The staff of Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes will go out in advance of the parade to distribute small US Flags to parade-goers.

Participation in the parade is always open, and units may join the parade up until step-off time. Advance registration is always appreciated. There is no cost to be in the parade. Line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.

"Thanking our veterans and our active military for our freedoms is what we should be doing every day, but especially on Veterans Day," said Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan, who will be in the parade. "I encourage all of our citizens to line the streets to celebrate America on November 11."

Worthan is also a military veteran.

The parade will be taped for later broadcast on dctv23, the Douglas County government access cable television channel.