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Parade returns to honor those who serve

Businesses and community groups are invited to take part in the second annual regional Kindred at Home Veterans Parade on Nov. 4 in Farmington.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and takes the normal parade route through downtown Farmington.

This is the second year for the parade. Ginger Pizarro works for Kindred at Home and said she was led to organize the parade last year.

Pizarro said she grew up in Bismarck and always remembers a parade honoring the veterans of the area.

“I took it to my employer and they said, ‘sure, we’ll back you up,” she said.

The entry fee for the parade is $10 for any business wishing to participate. All proceeds from the entry fees are going to the local Disable American Veterans Fund set up to assist those in need of food, shelter cost or transportation cost for medical treatments out of town.

“I’ve been sitting in the American Legion office…when veterans will walk over from the VA clinic here in Farmington and say ‘I need help with my electric bill’ or ‘I need help with groceries until I get paid’,” she said. “The fund helps veterans who are in need referred by the VA clinic or other organization. You do have to be a veteran to receive the money.”

Serving as grand marshals of the parade are veterans of World War II and Korea.

“St. Francois County has the highest population of retired veterans in the state of Missouri,” she said. “And, the American Legion and VFW organizations in our communities help promote the future generations by sponsoring events for students.

“Honoring (veterans) with this parade is one way we can give back.”

Flags will be distributed along the route ahead of the parade so everyone will have a flag as the parade goes by.

The event is scheduled one week before Veterans Day as to not interfere with other activities scheduled that day.

“Veterans sell buddy poppies on Veterans Day…that is their way of fundraising as a way to be able to do things in their community,” she said. “They also have the downtown celebration on Veterans Day as well.

“We chose to kick-off the week of veterans’ festivities.”

The parade is a regional one and Pizarro is reaching out to the surrounding counties for participants.

“We’re trying to reach out in to all of the surrounding counties outside of St. Francois – Madison, Iron, Washington, Jefferson, Ste. Gen as well – to try and get them to start participate being that this is only our second year. It’s still new,” she said.

Pizarro anticipates the parade to grow each year as word gets out. She’s also looking for others to promote the parade in their regions.

She hopes to have the opportunity to present the DAV fund organizers. Anyone wanting to register for the parade can contact Pizarro at 573-454-5706 or by email at ginger.pizarro@kindred.com. Information can also be found at Facebook.com/KindredAtHomeVeteransParade.

A beautiful fall Saturday morning in 2016 gave perfect conditions for Finn Saunders to wave a flag in honor of those who served in the United States Armed Forces. American Home Care and Kindred Home & Hospice is once again sponsoring a Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 4 in Farmington. The parade will feature World War II and Korean veterans as the parade marshals, with veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as those who served in conflicts in Vietnam and the Middle East. Organizers are looking to local businesses to participate.

A beautiful fall Saturday morning in 2016 gave perfect conditions for Finn Saunders to wave a flag in honor of those who served in the United States Armed Forces. American Home Care and Kindred Home & Hospice is once again sponsoring a Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 4 in Farmington. The parade will feature World War II and Korean veterans as the parade marshals, with veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as those who served in conflicts in Vietnam and the Middle East. Organizers are looking to local businesses to participate.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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