Tomorrow's Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade will be held a little differently than in prior years.
"In past years, so few people watch or participate in our Tamaqua American Legion Annual Veterans Day Parade," said Andrew Leibenguth, parade coordinator and Tamaqua American Legion historian. "During tomorrow's parade, everybody is encouraged to walk or march side by side with veterans," added Leibenguth, an Iraq war veteran.
The Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade is always held on Veterans Day or the Saturday before Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a federal holiday officially honoring military veterans. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, when major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.
The Grand Marshal of the parade will be Edward J. Bachert, 95, of Tamaqua, who