SA to mark Veterans Day with ceremonies, concerts, parade

Willamette National Cemetery

As part of creating the veterans park, the city moved the Vietnam Memorial on Columbia Street and the Spanish-American War Memorial in Canal Square Park to the site.

Soldiers from the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard led the parade as they held flags steadfast in the blustering wind pervading the city.

For the 76th year, Charleston residents will honor those who served in the armed forces at city's Veterans Day Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade will travel northwest along East Bidwell Street to turn right on Coloma Street, then right on Natoma Street to finish at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St.

The parade was followed by a brief ceremony in front of Mooresville town hall, lunch and a concert on the town hall lawn. The event's theme: "Argonne to Afghanistan: 100 years of the American Veteran". A memorial service will follow at 11 the cemetery's gazebo. The keynote speaker will be former Navy SEAL Rob Foley.

A wreath will be placed at the Boots and Rifle monument in honor of all those who died during conflict.

Westminster Presbyterian Church will salute veterans during its 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday with the South Knox marching band, directed by Joyce Kim Rohrer. The parade will resume onto High Street and end at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

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