CHARLESTON, W.Va. — 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.
Ed Converse of the American Legion’s John Brawley Post 20, said between 75 and 80 units are expected to participate in the event.
“This is a good year,” he said. “This year, we’re having participation from the Edgewood Summit Home, who are bringing three older veterans who are approximately 99 years old, and one in particular who helped start the West Virginia Air National Guard is going to be with us.”
The parade will also feature a visit from the crew of the U.S.S. West Virginia. a nuclear submarine.
Converse said he is happy to see Charleston embrace its military population, especially as, from his perspective, others forget the meaning of the day.
“This Veterans Day, many brave and courageous veterans will lie in bed and VA medical centers wondering, ‘Does anyone still remember me? Does anyone still care?’ he said. “This parade and ceremony is sought to honor all veterans, those killed in action, deceased, wounded, veterans’ families.”
Parade participants will have to line up at 9 a.m. An ending ceremony will be held at Haddad Riverfront Park at 11 a.m.