Release Date: November 14, 2016
The Paducah Parks Services Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee coordinated the Veterans Day Opening Ceremony and Parade which was held Friday, November 11. The opening ceremony was held at the Korean War Monument located on the 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. The annual parade began at 11 a.m. at 6th and Washington Streets and travelled along 6th Street until it turned left on Broadway.
The opening ceremony included the recognition of 2016 Distinguished Veteran Charles G. Puckett who served as the parade’s grand marshal. The ceremony also included the naming of the non-veteran who received 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. was honored with the Patriot Award. Student winners of the Veterans Day Essay contest organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution were recognized at the opening ceremony. The Concord Elementary School Singsations sang the National Anthem and a medley of patriotic music.
Below are videos of the opening ceremony (23 minutes) and the parade (26 minutes):