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:

Division 1

(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

Division 2

(Franklin east)

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.

Division 3

(Franklin west)

Blue Eagle Drum & Bugle

Panther Valley JROTC

Joe Plechavy

Larry Long

Jim Zbick

Larry Bulanda

Derek Kleintop

Mike Marino Jr.

William Parks

Type 915 Transport Vehicle Det. 1 1067th Transport Co. Lehighton

Robert Smith

Soldiers Angels

Division 4

(Lafayette east)

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.

Division 5

(Lafayette west)

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.

Division 6

(Columbia west)

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.