Annual Veterans Day parade planned in Anna

Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Anna is making plans for its annual Veterans Day parade. The parade is scheduled Sunday, Nov. 11, in Anna.

The theme for this year’s parade is “We Honor Our Blue Star and Gold Star Families.”

The grand marshal for the parade will be Melinda Romines, the mother of Brian Romines.

Blue Star families are those with a family member who is serving on active duty in the U.S. military.

The Blue Star service banner has long been a symbol of active-duty service. 

The blue stars symbolize hope and pride for the service of a family member.

Gold stars are added for family members who are killed during active duty. The gold star stands for sacrifice made for honor and freedom.

The Anna VFW post is looking for Blue Star or Gold Star families who would like to participate in the parade.

Those who are interested, or know of someone who may be interested, can contact the VFW post by phone at 833-5182 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Those who call are asked to leave their name and phone number; a Veterans Day parade committee member will contact those who call.

Since the parade falls on a Sunday this year, the starting time for the event has been moved back to 2 p.m., for this year only.

Entry forms recently were mailed to prior parade participants.

Clubs, organizations, businesses, groups and others who may want to participate, but did not receive an entry form, are invited to stop by the VFW post to pick up an application. The post is located at 70 VFW Ln., off old U.S. Route 51, between Anna and Cobden.

The deadline to submit a completed entry form to the post is no later than Nov. 2.

The Gazette-Democrat

112 Lafayette St.
Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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