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South Boston parade planned to honor veterans

Area residents will be able to honor and remember those who have risked their lives to protect their country at 11 a.m. Saturday at the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown South Boston. 

The parade begins on Carrington Street and ends in Constitution Square where a ceremony will be held following the parade.

Tommy Hines, past state commander at the VFW, Wayne Bowen, American Legion 5th District past commander and Robert King, VFW 5th District past commander are the speakers for the ceremony.

 The parade will be led by the American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard followed by the Halifax County JROTC under the leadership of Sgt. Edward Holt.

Riding in the parade are World War II veterans Pete Myers and W.R. Snead along with other veterans
Major General (ret.) Carroll Thackston and Dr. Roger Brown. Grace Elliot, Ted Daniel, Robert King, Wayne Bowen, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 99 past 5th District President Janet Leatigaga, American Legion Post 8 Commander Gerald Smith, VFW Ladies local President Margie Logan, Richard Buck and Clint Day will also be riding in the parade.

Members of the VFW, American Legion and VVA will drive 4-wheelers, and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans will have a float in the parade.

South Boston Fire Department, Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department will have their fire trucks in the parade along with an antique fire truck.

Benny Smith, Weldon Anderson, Robert Smith and Jimmy Wade will show off their fire trucks in the parade. 

The Halifax County High School Marching Band, cheerleaders and choir will be in the parade, followed by the Girl Scouts walking group.