Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Veterans Parade to be Held in Downtown Greenville

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Day. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

The historical event took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. In the United States, Armistice Day coincides with Veterans Day.

In commemorating this historical anniversary, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day committee and local Veterans would like to invite everyone to the Veterans Parade in downtown Greenville on November 11. The commemoration will start at 10:00am with military vehicles available for view next to the Darke County Courthouse. The vehicles are being organized by Dave Miller.. Also there will be free donuts and coffee available while supplies last before the parade at the Annie Oakley statue and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Donuts and coffee are being provided by CMA Church and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Flags will be provided by the Darke County DAV and handed out by the local Boy Scouts to those attending the parade.

The parade will begin at 10:30am at the Annie Oakley statue. The parade will stop at the Darke County Courthouse with a memorial ceremony marking this historical day. Peck Sound Systems will provide sound throughout the Broadway area. Greenville Mayor Steve Willman will be the Master of Ceremonies and United States House of Representative Warren Davidson from Ohio's 8th congressional district will be the guest speaker. Ohio Rep Davidson will assist the Darke County DAV Robert Foster with laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial. The Darke County Color Guard will honor our fallen veterans with a firing squad salute and taps to mark the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Greenville Schools 8th grader Marissa Portemont. Marissa won the honors by writing an essay "What Veteran's Day Means to Me". The essay contest was sponsored by the GHS Navy Junior ROTC. The Star Spangled Banner will be led by Brooke Netzley.

Also in the parade will be WWII Veterans, GHS Navy Junior ROTC, Vietnam Veterans escorted by Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR, DAV unit, American Legion units, local Boy Scouts, GHS Band of Pride, Darke County Jeepsters, Darke County Sheriff and Greenville fire, police and rescue squad units. Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed around the circle to the Greenville Fire Dept.

Please plan to attend and support all our Veterans.

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