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Local vets needed for parade

If you’re a veteran, Covington County wants you to help make its 2010 Veteran’s Day celebration one for the record books.

Ashley Eiland, executive vice president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, said all Covington County veterans are being asked to participate in the annual parade on Thurs., Nov. 11.

Floats representing the World War II era, the Korean War era, the Vietnam era, the Cold War era, Desert Storm/Desert Shield era and the Global War on Terror era will be featured in the parade, and riders are needed.

“It takes time to make travel plans, so we’re beginning our push for veterans a little early,” said “These men and women have done so much for us and our community and our country, now it’s time to recognize them. We’re looking for veterans to ride in our ‘All-American Homecoming’ parade.”

Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade will serve as the kickoff for the weeklong festivities celebrating the “Absolutely Andalusia Homecoming 2010” event. Veterans will line up at 8:30 a.m., and the parade will start at Andalusia High School, travel Third Avenue onto East Three Notch Street before ending at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Following the parade, a ceremony and reception will be held at the Memorial Park, where Brig. Gen. Walter Givhan will be featured as the event’s guest speaker. Activities include a historical marker presentation, a reception, pictures with all participating veterans at Memorial Park and City Hall tours for everyone.

Bus service is made available by First Baptist Church from the Veteran’s Memorial Park to the AHS stadium after the parade and ceremony.

Call Eiland at (334) 222-2030 or visit www.andalusiachamber.com for more information or to sign up to participate.