EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCHARLESTON VETERANS PARADE
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Charleston Hosting Annual Veterans Parade, Ceremony
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 8, 2012 5:57 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 8:58 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston's annual Veterans parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday and be followed by a ceremony from the Schoenbaum Stage in Haddad Riverfront Park about 11 a.m.
Charleston has been designated by the Veterans Day National Committee as one of 62 regional sites for major celebrations this year, according to a news release from the city. This year's parade marks the 70th year since the first veterans parade in Charleston, which happened in 1942 during World War II.
The parade and ceremony are organized by the John Brawley Post 20 of the American Legion. As of today, the parade will include more than 60 units, including elected leaders, school bands, groups of veterans, first responders and other organizations that support veterans. The ceremony will feature Commander Adam D. Palmer, commanding officer of the USS West Virginia.
The parade route will be similar to last year's parade but a few blocks longer, starting at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Leon Sullivan Way then heading north on Leon Sullivan, west on Quarrier Street, south on Truslow Street and then east on Kanawha Boulevard to Haddad Park.
Organizers are encouraging people to line Quarrier Street to demonstrate their support for veterans who have served our nation and then head toward Haddad Park for the ceremony, which will begin about 11 a.m., depending on how long the parade takes to complete its route.
In preparation for the parade and ceremony, Kanawha Boulevard will be closed from Brooks Street to Clendenin Street at 7 a.m. Saturday, and Quarrier Street will be closed between Leon Sullivan to Truslow while the parade moves through town. T
Traffic on Virginia Street and the side streets between Leon Sullivan and Truslow will be restricted during the parade, but Charleston police officers will be on hand at intersections to allow some traffic to move as possible.
People trying to drive through town should consider using Interstate 64, MacCorkle Avenue, Lee Street and Washington Street. People coming into downtown across the South Side Bridge should expect delays in town after the parade begins at 10 a.m.
In addition to the primary sponsorship by the John Brawley Post 20 of the American Legion and the city of Charleston, leaders from the West Virginia National Guard, West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Office are also working on the event planning effort.
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