EAST LIVERPOOL - Despite some reservations by city officials, the annual Veterans Day parade will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday rather than on Monday, which is the nationally observed holiday.
Officials had voiced some concern about the processional being held on Sunday morning when church services are being held, saying it could not only disrupt services but result in lighter turnout by spectators, who would be attending church services.
According to Ray Talbot, head of the Veterans Memorial Council, however, a vote was taken and it was unanimous that the parade be held on the traditional Veterans Day.
"It is supposed to be on the 11th hour, the 11th day of the 11th month and has been since 1918," Talbot.
The parade will form near the Museum of Ceramics on Fifth Street, wind its way down Fifth, Jackson, Sixth and back to Broadway, and Talbot said there will be "quiet zones" as the processional passes by downtown churches.
He said anyone interested in participating in the parade can just show up at the line-up on Fifth Street.
After the parade, veterans and others with tickets will partake of the annual Veterans Day dinner at the American Legion Post 374 on Parkway, where veterans from area nursing homes will be special guests.
Talbot said the veterans are picked up and transported to the dinner, where they are treated to dinner and then have the chance to socialize.
"The veterans in the nursing homes really appreciate it," Talbot said.