Veterans Day

A Battlefield Cross is set up in the Veterans Memorial section of the Live Oak Cemetery at last year’s Veterans Day ceremony.

LIVE OAK — After serving in the United States Army, Stacie Stoerkel will serve once again Monday.

Stoerkel will be the grand marshal in the Veterans Day parade Monday morning through Live Oak and will then be the featured guest speaker at the day’s ceremony in the Veterans Memorial section of the Live Oak Cemetery.

Stoerkel, who lives in Wellborn, is an Army veteran that served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield before medically retiring from the Army.

This year, the parade — which is sponsored by the City of Live Oak and supported the American Legion Harry C. Gray II Memorial Post 107 and the Disabled Veterans of America Chapter 126, is recognizing military veterans who have served since 9/11. It will begin at 9 a.m. at Suwannee Elementary School, running north on Ohio Ave. before turning west on Howard St. for two blocks.

“These courageous, patriotic women and men who have answered the call to serve, deserve our Thanks and our encouragement as they return to our area and seek to not only make a living, but also to make an impression on our/their community,” said Jim Broe, a member of the parade committee. “Those of us on the Parade Committee who have already served, recognize the unimaginable sacrifices made by this incredibly dedicated and inspirational genre of Americans! We wish to Thank and recognize them in a very simple, but heart-felt way by seeking a Grand Marshal for this year’s parade from the local populace, who has served during this period, in which we are still ensconced, and this includes Active Duty!!”

For those wishing to participate in the parade, please go to the Suwannee River Regional Library’s Live Oak branch and pick up a Participation Application, and when completed, return it to the library. Please submit the application by 4:30 p.m., Friday for entering the parade.

Following the parade, the annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Live Oak Cemetery.

Then, the Live Oak Elks Lodge and Garrison Farms will take their turn saluting the area’s veterans once again.

The seventh annual Salute to Veterans luncheon will be held Monday at the Elks Lodge, 415 E. Howard St. in Live Oak, for all veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserve soldiers and their family members. The meal is free.

Starting at noon and running until the food is gone, the meal will consist of smoked chicken, BBQ beans, coleslaw, bread and a drink.

Jamie Wachter is the editor of the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press.

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