Parade To Honor Veterans

ST. MARYS — For the third year in a row, a local parade will honor veterans from the region.

A Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 through downtown St. Marys. Organizer John Burd said all local veterans are invited to take part in the parade.

“I’m still trying to wrangle up a grand marshal,” Burd said. “I’ve got the St. Marys band coming and the New Bremen band coming. The St. Marys VFW will also be there.”

Burd also is looking for some assistance from the public on another aspect of the parade.

“I would like to try and find out who the oldest living veteran is in Auglaize County,” Burd said. “I’d like to add that to our parade.”

Burd encouraged veterans of all ages to march in the parade. He noted assistance is available to those who need it.

“I’d still like to see more veterans out there,” Burd said. “They can either walk or I have Rick Francis’ train they can ride in. The VFW also has a trailer they pull that has seats on it.”

At 12:30 p.m., Burd said St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan is scheduled to speak, followed by a short prayer to start the parade. Members of Scouts also are scheduled to participate in the parade.

“Everyone is welcome — you don’t have to be a veteran to march,” Burd said. “If you have an organization and you want to pay tribute, come out and carry the American flag.”

Honoring veterans, especially those from World War II, is something Burd said can get lost in the shuffle.

“People, I think, have forgotten or they just lost interest or don’t care,” Burd said. “There are a lot of people who want to stand up and say different things, but if they stop and think about it, they wouldn’t be able to do that if not for the veterans — especially the World War II guys. That’s my way of thinking. A lot of them, their country called, they went out and did what they needed to do and came home. They don’t think it’s a big deal — they just thought they were doing their job.”

For more information, call Burd at 419-300-9199.