The Chamber of Commerce will once again produce the parade, the theme of which is Lest We Forget, honoring the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, now called Veterans Day, which marked the end of World War I, and veterans from all wars. The sponsor for the parade is Fidelity National Title Company of Eureka which will provide funds for prizes, as well as other expenses.
There will be three categories, Best Theme-Related Entry, Best Vehicle Entry and Best Overall Entry, for which entrants may compete for a prize. Participation is free and open to all, whether or not groups/individuals choose to follow the theme or not. Parade applications can be downloaded HERE or requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Area war veterans will ride in the grand marshal’s car.
Following the parade, there will be the planting of a flowering jasmine plum tree in a ceremony in Memorial Park, across Wildwood Avenue from City Hall, at 1:30 p.m. The tree has been donated by Mark and Jenny Gillam of Rio Dell to honor veterans.
A plaque will be provided by the memorial tree program of Saving Hallowed Grounds, a historic preservation and commemoration non-profit organization that has been working for the past four years nationally to mark the centennial of the First World War. The ceremony will include the raising of the flag on a 30-foot pole set up for the occasion, a 21-gun salute by the Mad River Community Honor Guard, music by the Dixie Gators band, and taps, played by a team of local buglers.