Honor all Who Served both Past and Present.
That's the theme of this year's Carbon County Veterans Day Parade, which will be held Sunday in Palmerton. The rain date is Nov. 14.
Hosted by the Palmerton United Veterans Organization, which is comprised of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269 and Palmerton VFW Post 7134, the parade will start at 2 p.m. with the singing of the national anthem by Nicole Rose Donatone.
Ed Moyer, commander of American Legion Post 269, said organizers hope the six-division parade will enable county residents to "remember all our veterans and soldiers of today."
"The parade should remind them of all the sacrifices they and their families make to preserve the freedoms we so often take for granted," Moyer said. "This year, the Palmerton UVO is attempting to bring all the communities of Carbon County a little closer together by having something from every community in the parade."
This year, Moyer said there are 21 Veterans Organization from Carbon County: eight American Legions, six VFW, two AMVETS, two Marine Corps Leagues, one Navy, one Vietnam Veterans Organization, and one Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Group.
Moyer said the Palmerton UVO asked each organization to select a Grand Marshal to represent their group, which is why there are several Grand Marshals in each division.
The parade will start at Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue, where it will make a right onto Third Street. From there, it will turn left onto Franklin Avenue, and continue onto Mauch Chunk Road to Walnut Street in the area of the car wash, where it will disband.
Before the parade, the 600 and 700 blocks of Franklin and Lafayette avenues will be closed from 11 a.m. until the parade ends; the 700 block of Columbia Avenue and Seventh Street will be closed from 11 a.m. until the parade ends; and the parade route will be closed from 1 p.m. until the parade ends.
The parade will be telecast live on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13 with the reviewing stand in front of Borough Hall along Delaware Avenue. Free American flags will be distributed to children (one per child) across the street from the reviewing stand while supplies last.
The parade line up is as follows:
(Delaware Ave. and 7th)
Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith with Mayor Brad Doll
Palmerton UVO Color Front
Grand Marshals Post 269-Post 7134
Palmerton UVO and Statue
State Representative/ Speaker of the House Keith McCall
Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek and Charles Getz
Carbon County Veterans Affair Director Henry M. Desrosiers
Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, Carbon County Sheriff's Office
Carbon County Interpost Commander Robert Solt
Grand Marshals VVOCC-Post 106-Post 256-Post 314
Lehighton UVO Color Front
Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County
Lehighton High School Band
Lehighton Legion Post 314 Aux.
Walnutport VFW Post 7215 Color Front
Boy Scouts Troop 82 & Pack 82 Lehighton
Perseverance Jazz Band
Yenser Tree Farm
North Side Cruizers
Lehighton Fire Dept. with Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein
Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association
West End Fire Co.
Blue Eagle Drum & Bugle
Panther Valley JROTC
Mike Marino Jr.
Type 915 Transport Vehicle Det. 1 1067th Transport Co. Lehighton
Grand Marshals Post 123-Post 83-Navy Club
Summit Hill Legion Post 316 Color Front
Panther Valley Band
Carbon County Navy Club
Lansford Legion Post 123 and SAL Unit
Lansford Legion Post 123 Aux.
Lansford Legion Post 123 Riders
Elite Generation Wrestling
Girl Scouts of Palmerton Troop 33412
Palmerton Girl Scouts Service Unit
Palmerton Jr. Girl Scouts Troop 3248
Brownie Troop & Junior Troop 37 Palmerton
Brownie Troop 3520 Palmerton
Bowmanstown Fire Co.
East Penn Fire Co.
Grand Marshals Post 360-Post 383-Post 8225-USMC Det. 626
Beaver Meadows Post 383 & Post 8225
Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corp Det. 626
Weatherly Area High School Marching Band
Weatherly American Legion Post 360
Weatherly American Legion Post 360 Aux.
Lehigh Valley Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club
Leiby's Horse Drawn Carriage
Cub Pack 41 Palmerton
Boy Scouts Troop 41 Palmerton
Juke Box Cruizers
Aquashicola Fire Co.
Grand Marshals Post 304-Post172-Post 8008-Post 8067
Jim Thorpe Legion Post 304
Jim Thorpe Post 8067
Jim Thorpe High School Band
Nesquehoning Legion post 172-Post 8008-Post 8008 Aux.
Penn Kidder Post 294
Cub Pack 567 Albrightsville
Boy Scout Troop 441 Jim Thorpe
Cub Pack 138 Jim Thorpe
Palmerton Boy Scouts Troop 20
Carbon County Fair
Carbon County Realtors
Palmerton Ambulance Association
Bowmanstown Lions Club
Franklin Township Fire Co.
Towamensing Fire Co.