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Anderson Veterans Day Parade In Jeopardy

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The Veterans Day Parade in Anderson is currently on hold and may be canceled this year unless the Anderson County Veterans Association votes to keep it.

A special meeting is being held on Thursday, October 10, to determine the fate of this year's parade. Organizers say they decided not hold host a parade this year because of a lack in volunteers. When calls for help went out earlier this year, only three people responded. In previous years they've had at least 15 additional people to help.

"We got discouraged because of lack of interest," says former parade committee chairman Frank Allison.

Since the announcement the Veterans Association has received a slew of calls in support of the parade. Association secretary Jodie Lewallen says she's been contacted by 25 people interested in keeping the parade since the possible cancellation of the parade was announced last week.

"If they feel like the veterans day parade is important to them and they want to honor our veterans, they do need to get in touch with us," Lewallen says.

"I think we've always had the support, they just didn't know where to contact or who to contact," says Allison, who is also a veteran.

The meeting to determine the fate of the parade is open to the public for both veterans and non-veterans. Allison is hopeful that leaders from the county's 13 veterans' service organizations will vote to hold the parade. Allison hopes all the 25 people who called offering to help will be there along with anyone else who wants to support the parade.

The voting meeting is on Thursday, October 10, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 14 on East Greenville Street.

To volunteer email Jodie Lewallen at jodielewallen@charter.net
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