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Parade, ceremony to salute veterans

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

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

Air Force Lt. Colonel (retired) Ted Daniel, American Legion 5th District Past Commander Wayne Bowen and Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour will be featured speakers at the ceremony.

Ollie’s Southern Cafe will have hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna burgers and barbecue along with soft drinks available for purchase in Constitution Square.

 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 will be World War II veterans Pete Myers and W.R. Snead along with Dr. Roger Brown. 

VFW 5th District President Grace Elliott, South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel, American Legion 5th District Past Commander Wayne Bowen, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 99 Past 5th District President Janet Leatigaga, American Legion Post 8 Commander Tommy Whitlow, VFW Ladies local President Margie Logan, State Chaplain Shema Peppers, VFW Commander of Post 8243 Odie Lewis and VFW 5th District Commander Kipfinger also will be riding in the parade.

Members of the VFW, American Legion and VVA will drive eight 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 from Ray’s Key and Lock.

Benny Smith, Weldon Anderson, Robert Smith, John Smith, Cecil Lawson, David Franklin, Bobby Wilborne, Jimmy Wade, Billy Perkins, and Robert Oakes will show off their antique cars 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.

Radio stations WHLF and WAKG will ride their cars in the parade followed by cars from the Virginia/Carolina Model Car Club and six Corvettes.

 Other special guests appearing in the parade include Delegate James Edmunds and Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour. 

For more information about the parade, call parade Coordinator Cary Ford at 434-470-7977.