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Honoring bravery and service with the annual Veterans Day Celebration

News BannerThe annual Veterans Day Celebration, held this Sunday, November 10th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, will offer the opportunity to tip our hats to the brave men and women who have served our country.

Photo courtesy of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance photo archives.

American flags will line Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg for the Veterans Day Parade at 2:00 pm. The parade begins at the Rockingham County Administration Building and will travel south along Main Street to the City Municipal Building. The parade will feature area veterans groups, accompanied by the Harrisonburg High School Marching Band and JROTC, Boy Scout Troops and other civic organizations, and a convoy of military vehicles.

Photo courtesy of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance photo archives.

The Annual Veterans Day Parade is proudly presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and sponsored by American National University, City of Harrisonburg, Dayton American Legion Post 27, and the Harrisonburg High School Music Department.

We are pleased to have Mr. Edwin J. Newman as the parade Grand Marshal. During his time in service, Mr. Newman earned the rank of Master Sergeant and received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campmen Medal WWII, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. First drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945, Mr. Newman served in Panama for 13 months and was discharged in 1946 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at which time he signed up for the Army Reserve. He later transferred into the Army National Guard where he served for 16 years with Company M – 29th Infantry Division. He was also a member of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Veterans Band.

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The NIOC Sugar Grove Navy Base Honor Guard in the 2012 Veterans Day parade. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Following the parade, the Harrisonburg High School Symphonic Band and Honors Choir will present a musical concert featuring patriotic songs. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm at Memorial Hall at 395 South High Street in Harrisonburg.

So come to downtown Harrisonburg on Sunday to show pride in our country and thank our veterans for protecting our lives. It’s now time to honor theirs.

More details can be found on the Veterans Day page of the HDR website.

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Photo by Shannon Essad.

Kaitlyn Shields is the HDR Promotions & Social Media Intern for Fall 2013 and a senior Organizational Communication major and Writing & Rhetoric Minor at James Madison University.

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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