Monday October 28, 2013
UAW 862/Ford Motor Co. parade and activities begin on Fourth St.
To honor the service and sacrifices of veterans and active duty military, the UAW 862/Ford Motor Company Veteran’s Day Parade and other activities will take place downtown, Mon., Nov. 11, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
A new route will take the parade from 4th and Chestnut streets, north on 4th to Main, and west on Main Street to 6th. The parade Review Stand will be located on the front steps of the Kentucky Center at 5th and Main streets.
“Bringing an annual veteran’s parade back to Louisville has really touched an emotion in our city,” Fischer said. “We can never do enough to pay tribute to our service men and women past and present but this parade and the many related activities are a great way for the entire community to say ‘thanks’.”
The parade will start at 11 a.m. at 4th and Chestnut, with the first unit scheduled to arrive at the Review Stand at 11:11 a.m., the exact time the cease fire took effect to end WWI in 1918.
Participating in the parade will be the 113th Army Band Dragoons and Major General and Mrs. David W. Puster, Commanding General, 84th Training Command, Fort Knox. The Dragoons, an Army Honor Guard and General and Mrs. Puster will be the first units in the parade immediately behind the Joint Services Color Guard.
The parade will end with a Massing of the Colors Ceremony at the Review Stand, with Major General Robert Silverthorn, USA Ret. as presiding officer. General Patrick Dolan, just retired Chaplain of the Army, will lead the Blessing of the Colors, which is part of the Ceremony.
Joining Fischer on the Review Stand will be Brigadier General Benjamin Adams, Director; Joint Chiefs, Kentucky Army National Guard and Brigadier Mark Kraus, United States Air Force.
Boy and Girl Scout troops, including Cub Scout packs and Brownie troops, and schools will form a corridor of flags to line the parade route in tribute to veterans and their families.
Units in the parade include veterans’ service organizations, representatives of organizations which serve veterans, restored antique military vehicles and equipment, active duty military units and reenactment groups from all periods.
In addition to UAW Local 862 and Ford Motor Company, sponsors include Humana, Louie 104.3, Grand Masonry of Kentucky, Kosair Charities, Masonic Homes, AAA of Kentucky, Accent Marketing Services, First Capital Bank of Kentucky, Better Quality Business Products, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, L&N Federal Credit Union, Pewee Valley Veterinary Clinic, UPS and Yung & Vu Nguyen.
Related veteran’s events will include:
· A reception for all veterans hosted by Humana in the lobby of its building at 5th and Main immediately following the Parade and Massing of the Colors;
· A USO Canteen style party at 4th Street Live! beginning after the Parade and continuing through the afternoon and early evening, with entertainment by The Ladies for Liberty, The Don Krekel Orchestra and other groups, plus restaurant discounts for veterans and their families and special displays of restored military vehicles and equipment;
· A wreath laying at Louisville Metro Hall in honor of U.S. veterans by the retired president of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Association, 1 p.m.;
· Information booths relating to Veterans and their needs by service related organizations on the Main St. sidewalks from 4th to 5th streets;
· Special displays of antique military vehicles and equipment, and a fully equipped M.A.S.H. field hospital located along Main from 4th to 5th streets.
· University of Louisville Women’s Basketball, 7 p.m., with $3 admission for veterans and active duty personnel.
Organizations and individuals who wish to participate in the Parade and Massing of the Colors can contact the parade office at 502-228-5237 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the parade web site, www.louvetparade.com
For the third consecutive year, the UAW Local 862/Ford Motor Co. Veterans Day Parade has been coordinated by an all-volunteer committee, which has worked with community representatives of local veterans and service organizations to develop and grow the event.