Veterans Day parade to be Saturday in Grand Junction; more activities follow

More than 44 entries, including bands from Central and Fruita high schools, will be in the Veterans Day parade on Saturday through downtown Grand Junction.

Several more activities are scheduled through the week leading up to the observance of Veterans Day on Thursday.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. and will travel from R-5 High School through downtown Grand Junction to the west end of Main Street.

The parade marshal is Hugh Thackaberry, a bagpiper and veteran of the Korean War.

Observances pick up again on Wednesday, when Shelledy Elementary School in Fruita commemorates the day with flags and a color guard at 10 a.m.

On Veterans Day, a commemoration will be at 11 a.m., the hour of surrender by Germany ending World War II, at the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita.

The observance will include remarks by retired U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Harry Hagaman and retired U.S. Army Maj. Reuben Siverling, as well as memorial park founder Jim Doody, a rifle volley and the playing of “Amazing Grace” and “Taps” by the Grand Mesa Pipes and Drums.

The observance is open to the public.

Two other observances are scheduled that afternoon. At Redlands Middle School at 1:45 p.m. a video depicting the reason for Veterans Day will be shown and the choir will sing patriotic songs.

At 2 p.m. another observance will be at The Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road.

There, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Grand Junction High School Junior ROTC program and others will lead the commemoration.

The observance is open to the public.

Continuing into next week, the All-Services Military Ball, honoring active duty military personnel, veterans of the armed forces and emergency services providers, will be at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The ball, which is sponsored by the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park and the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., will begin at 6 p.m. and proceeds will benefit the scholarship programs of both organizations. For ticket information call Dick or Joanne at 263-8986 or Jim at 250-5861.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Operation Interdependence is hosting an old-fashioned Western murder mystery dinner at the Merlot Room at the Marriott Hotel.

Proceeds will pay for postage and miscellaneous expenses associated with sending monthly care packages to 2,000 troops overseas.

For information or to make a reservation call 523-4217 or 760-468-8001.


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