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The annual Douglas County Veterans Day Lighted Parade, titled “The Parade with a Purpose,” will make its way again through Douglasville to honor all our veterans, active military, and reserves on the night of Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th.
This traditional parade provides the opportunity for Douglas County residents to say “thank you” to those who have obtained, preserved, and continue to protect citizens’ freedoms. Veteran groups, military, and reserve units, along with JROTC members and marching bands have registered for this year’s occasion. Applications will be accepted up to the day of the event with special on-site registration accepted.
Any veteran who wishes to be in the parade is invited to do so. If any veteran wishes to enter a vehicle, he/she just needs to register. “I’m thrilled to announce we have commitments from all of our high school marching bands, and we are beyond excited for this year’s parade to honor our veterans,” said Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations for Douglas County and coordinator of the parade.
All parade units “light themselves up” for the night parade even though it proceeds along lit streets. The parade steps off at 7 p.m. from Douglas County High School; proceeds north on Campbellton Street; West on Church Street; and then South on Bowden, Woodrow, and Campbellton Streets back to the high school. A performance area for bands and drill teams has been designated on Campbellton Street between Spring and Church Streets.
All parade units are encouraged to honor and salute the US Flag, veterans, reserves and/or active military. Businesses and organizations are welcome to be in the parade. Logos may be displayed; however, each entry must meet the parade purpose, and no promotional materials for the business or organization may be distributed. No political candidates, signage or campaigning is allowed in the parade.
There is no cost associated with the parade. However, all entries must fill out a written application and have prior approval from the Douglas County Communications Department (event sponsor). Horses are allowed. Applications may be obtained by visiting the Douglas County web site at www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com and clicking on the Veterans Day Parade icon on the home page, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for an application, or calling 770.920.7303. Parade applications are now being accepted.