A local Vietnam veteran who was wounded in action will serve as grand marshal for this year’s annual Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m.
Larry Starling, a retired sales executive with Piedmont Airlines and US Air and an activist in veterans affairs, will lead the parade down Fourth Street. Starling served in the Army in Vietnam in 1967-1968 and was severely wounded in action.
Veterans Day is observed Nov. 11 and honors all veterans who served in the United States armed forces; however, the parade will be held Saturday to enable more local residents to attend, said Charlie Claybourn, the chairman of the Forsyth County Veterans Council and the parade organizer.
The parade will include more than 65 participants, including floats, marching units and 10 high school bands. New to this year’s parade is a Winston-Salem Dash float celebrating the minor league baseball team that won top honors this year in the Carolina League. Other participants include area veterans groups, 10 high school JROTC units, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, local political leaders and police, fire and EMS units.
After the parade, the public is invited to attend a brief Veterans Day observance at American Legion Post 55, 111 Miller Street. Starling will speak and the president’s Veterans Day proclamation will be presented by local officials of the Veterans Administration.
For more information, contact Ernie Kelly of the Forsyth County Veterans Council at 918-0775 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.