LIVE OAK — Once again, it’s almost time for the annual Live Oak Veterans’ Day Parade, one of the most recognized events in the Northern Florida, Southern Georgia region.

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.

“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!!”

The committee is seeking a Grand Marshal from the local populace. People may nominate individuals — or themselves — for that honor by submitting names and service information for anyone who has served, honorably, in the US Military; or even someone who lives locally who served in an Allied country's military. In other words, in the war against terrorism. Please submit the information via e-mail to jimbroe@gmail.com, or call Jim at 206-799-0461, no later than Friday, Oct. 18.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, and will run from Suwannee Elementary School north on Ohio Ave. to Howard St. where it turns west for two blocks.

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, Nov. 8, for entering the parade.

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