Everyone encouraged to honor veterans at Nov. 7 parade in downtown Enterprise

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (PR) -- The Enterprise Veterans Parade Committee is encouraging area veterans to participate in the Nov. 7 parade.

The committee is gladly anticipating the return of the parade after its cancellation last year because of rain.

“We are very excited about this year’s parade,” said Mayor William E. Cooper. The parade committee is made up of representatives of VFW Post 6683, VFW Auxiliary; American Legion Post 73; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Veterans Chapter 2216, the Enterprise High School JROTC, 1st Battalion 212th Aviation Regiment; and other service-related organizations.

Veterans Day is celebrated Nov. 11 each year and pays tribute to all those who have served in the Armed Forces. The city parade and ceremony are always set for the Thursday before the federal holiday.

“Our community is blessed with many, many veterans,” the Mayor said. “We would love to honor each and every one of them in this parade because they are deserving of our thanks and recognition,” he said.

The Mayor thanked the Parade Committee, headed by VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith, for the work being done to plan this important event.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

After the parade, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the annual Veterans Tribute Ceremony will take place at the Enterprise Farmers Market. “This is always a beautiful ceremony,” Kirkland said.

Nominees and winners of the Veteran and Service Member of the Year awards will be honored. Col. Ross Nelson, commander of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career Center, will be the guest speaker.

On the preceding Wednesday, Nov. 6, the traditional wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted at the Wall of Freedom, near the entrance of the Enterprise Recreational Complex, at 5 p.m.

“Please come and help us applaud our community’s veterans to thank them for their service and sacrifice,” Cooper asked.

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