Parade organizers have announced that the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been recognized as a National Veterans Day Regional Site for the 15th year in a row by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). There were XX sites across the country that were chosen by the DVA's Veterans Day National Committee, and Gulfport he only one selected in the state.
“We are very proud to once again be recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. We are grateful for the support from the City of Gulfport and many organizations that participate and assist with the parade. This event provides a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our Veterans have made and a reminder that freedom is not free"
said Col-Ret Jim Hollingsworth, President, Gulf Coast Veterans Parade.
Here's what you need to know:
The parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in downtown Gulfport. It will start on the corner of 19th Street and Highway 49 traveling South to 14th St, West on 14th St to 27th Ave and back to Highway 49 traveling North. This year’s parade honors all veterans and recognizing the AF's 75th Anniversary and the Seabees 80th birthday. The lineup includes military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Air National Guard. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are participating. High school bands, Boy Scout troops, vintage automobiles, military vehicles, veteran motorcycle clubs, and ROTC troops will also be in attendance for the celebration.
For more information visit www.msveteransparade.org