On the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end, Mike Abrams said it’s especially important for communities to recognize veterans on Nov. 11.
For this reason, Abrams said, Anniston’s annual Veterans Day parade will march down Noble Street on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., to be led by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Abrams said local authorities have played a large role in organizing the parade.
“It would be impossible to have an event like this without such supportive law enforcement, first responders and city officials,” he said Wednesday. “They’re an integral part of the planning.”
Abrams said the parade’s committee of about 15 people started their planning six months ago. He said the team will begin meeting for the 2019 event just one day after this year’s parade.
“We like to make sure we’re doing everything the best we can,” he said.
Abrams said more than 100 vehicles and 600 people will be part of the parade. Clester Burdell, the public affairs officer at Anniston Army Depot, and Chris Wright of TV24 will emcee the event, according to Abrams.
Other Veterans Day observances happening around Calhoun County:
- 10 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Col. Roshun Steele, commander of the Anniston Munitions Center, will emcee a Veterans Day ceremony at the Anniston Army Depot’s physical fitness center.
- 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, featuring Atlanta Opera tenor Timothy Miller, will perform “A Salute to Our Veterans” at Oxford Performing Arts Center.
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, a ceremony in Jacksonville State University’s Theron Montgomery Building auditorium will be followed by food, drinks, games, music and door prizes from 11-2.
- 11 a.m. Monday, Anniston’s Centennial Memorial Park will host its 28th annual Veterans Day ceremony.