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|Local salute to veterans includes parade, concert|
A variety of Veterans Day activities are scheduled next week, ranging from displays, through a parade, ceremony and free concert.
First indication of the event will be display of flags along Highway 15 in Winnsboro. Flags should go up later this week.
Then, in order, are a parade on Saturday and a local Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony and a Navy Band concert on Tuesday.
The parade, sponsored by the Louisiana Veterans Association will kick off at noon Saturday along Winnsboro's main streets.
The VFW ceremony, a local tradition, will be held at the Post 3155 lodge on Loop Road beginning at 11 a.m., coinciding with the official end of World War II, November 11, at 11 o'clock.
The New Orleans Navy Band, with a reputation for rousing patriotic music, delivers a free performance Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Princess Theater. Louisiana Main Street is the local host for the band performance.
New flags will be part of the highway display.
Two organizatons, the VFW and Woodmen of the World combined recently to present 50 new flags to the City of Winnsboro to replace aging and fragmented flags.
The new flags will be placed along Front Street between Highland and Main while older flags will extend from that point north, according to Alvin Hatten, VFW commander.
Sammy White, a parade coordinator, said last week he was, "hoping for a last minute rush," of entries for the Saturday parade.
While over 50 units participated in last year's parade, only 25 were scheduled last Thursday.
"It seems like we have a lower interest from Winnsboro groups this year," said White, "but there are a number of groups from out of town who are interested."
At least one group, the Daughters of WW II Veterans has sought individuals to form a group to participate in the parade.
The VFW Tuesday ceremony is open to the public at the building between the Franklin Medical Center and Franklin Academy.
Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons is set to deliver welcoming remarks with State Rep. Noble Ellington and Sen. Neil Riser as guest speakers. Dottie Mobley will direct religious recognition.
Wal-Mart sponsors a luncheon for veterans following the ceremony, which will also include participation by the Franklin Parish High School Junior ROTC group.
The final major event in the Veterans Day observance, the Navy Band show, is a repeat performance for that musical group.
The New Orleans Navy Band has played at the Winnsboro Catfish Festival and was featured when a mobile Vietnam Memorial was on display in Winnsboro several years ago.
The navy group is actually two units, one a 26-member show band and a 16-piece unit which specializes in Dixieland, traditional swing, jazz and big band music.
The larger band group, under direction of Lt. Diane Nichols, has a reputation for veterans tributes and for uplifting patriotic spirits.