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77th annual Kanawha Valley Veterans Day Parade to celebrate all former service members

Organizers say the annual Kanawha Valley Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

Plans are underway for the 77th Kanawha Valley Veterans Day Parade next month.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and will start at the corner of Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston and Leon Sullivan Way. The route will proceed along Capitol Street to Quarrier Street then onto Truslow Street back to the boulevard.

The parade will feature about 60 different groups, including local high school JROTC cadets, marching bands, fire engines and military vehicles, a news release from organizers said.

After the parade, a short ceremony will be held to honor veterans of all military branches, the release said. The public is also invited to the American Legion John Brawley Post 20 at 415 Dickinson St. for food and entertainment.

The parade started in April 1942 when the World War I veterans of John Brawley Post 20 and the American Legion paraded on Capitol Street in Charleston to honor those who were serving in World War II.

Organizers are still looking for civic groups, fraternal organizations, military units, bands, scout groups and singing groups. Anyone interested in participating should contact Edward Converse at 304-545-4057. Lineup for the parade is at 9:30 a.m.

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