Special brunch will lead into annual Veterans Day parade

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Veterans Day Parade

First Brigade, 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell march in the 2018 parade.

Franklin’s annual Veterans Day parade, like most throughout the nation, will be on Nov. 11.

State Rep. Sam Whitson, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is hoping that the weather  turns out to be better than it was last year. But no matter the forecast, the parade will go on.

“We marched and trained no matter the weather,” he said. “The enemy doesn’t wait for a nice day.”

Veterans Day activities will begin with a brunch for veterans and their families at 9 a.m. and then the introduction of the grand marshals at the Williamson County Archives and Museum, at 611 Main St., better known as Five Points.

The grand marshals will be escorted to vehicles provided by local car dealers at 10:30 a.m. and the lineup will continue. 

Church bells will begin tolling at 10:45 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m., when a helicopter unit will do a coordinated flyover to mark the parade step off from Five Points. The parade will proceed up Main Street and go around Public Square to Second Avenue where it will turn left and end at Bicentennial Park.

This year’s parade will feature dozens of veterans organizations, JROTC units from Franklin, Centennial, Independence, Page and Summit high schools, Freedom Middle School and Poplar Grove Middle School bands and hundreds of Franklin Special School District fourth-grade students.

For a complete list of parade entries, go to WilliamsonHerald.com.

Carole Robinson may be contacted at crobinson@williamsonherald.com.

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