2016 Veterans Day Parade and Opening Ceremony
Release Date: November 7, 2016
The Paducah Parks Services Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee invite the public to attend the Veterans Day Opening Ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 11. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Korean War Monument located on the 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 6th and Washington Streets. It will travel along 6th Street until it turns left on Broadway. It will disband near Broadway and 19th Street. The parade route will close to traffic at 10:30 a.m.
The parade typically attracts more than 40 entries with four school marching bands expected to attend this year (McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman, Reidland Middle School, and Lyon County).
The opening ceremony includes the recognition of 2016 Distinguished Veteran Charles G. Puckett who will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The ceremony also includes the naming of the non-veteran who will receive the 2016 Patriot Award, an award honoring a citizen who dedicates his or her time to serving veterans and veteran causes in this community. Gayron A. Ferguson Jr. will be honored with the Patriot Award. Both award recipients are VFW members and will be honored at a fish fry following the parade at 12:30 p.m.
Students who are winners of the Veterans Day Essay contest organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution will be recognized at the opening ceremony. The Concord Elementary School Singsations will sing the National Anthem and a medley of patriotic music. Plus, enjoy coffee and donuts donated by Dan/Righteous Roast Coffee and Red's Donut Shop.
After attending the Veterans Day Opening Ceremony and Parade, everyone is encouraged to come to Paducah Fire Station #1 located at 301 Washington Street for Firehouse Chili. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., purchase chili, chili dogs, and/or hot dogs cooked by firefighters. Proceeds from Firehouse Chili benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County.
The WKCTC Television Production Department will record the parade (weather-permitting), set it to music, and televise it at a later time on Government 11 and Paducah-2 (for Comcast subscribers). For more information about the Veterans Day Parade or related activities, visit the Parks Services Department at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, call 270-444-8508, or visit us online at www.paducahky.gov.