New memorial tree ready for ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing De­catur Vet­er­ans Day cel­e­bra­tion

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE ECKELS meck­[email protected]

DE­CATUR — Three years ago, the De­catur Vet­er­ans Com­mit­tee started a tra­di­tion of re­mem­brance dur­ing its an­nual De­catur Vet­er­ans Day pa­rade through down­town De­catur and com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony at Vet­er­ans Park.

This year’s cer­e­mony at Vet­er­ans Park will be unique in that a tree planted near the Howard Par­rish memorial and a new mon­u­ment com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of Vet­er­ans Day (for­merly Ar­mistice Day) will be ded­i­cated.

The tree, an 11-foot Green Gi­ant ever­green, ar­rived at Vet­er­ans Park shortly after noon on Oct. 26 and was planted in its new home by city work­ers Troy Wackes, Adam Cramer, Joey Gunter and Ricky Burke.

The Vet­er­ans pa­rade is sched­uled to be­gin at 3 p.m. (lineup at 2:30 p.m.) from the car wash park­ing lot on the cor­ner of Third and Main Street in De­catur Nov. 3. It will make its way through the down­town area on its way to its fi­nal desti­na­tion at Vet­er­ans Park.

After the pa­rade, there will be a Vet­er­ans Day com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony and tree ded­i­ca­tion at Vet­er­ans Park, be­gin­ning at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker for this event will be Con­gress­man Steve Wo­mack. Mayor Bob Tharp will give his an­nual Vet­er­ans Day greet­ing, fol­lowed by the his­tory of the hol­i­day by Mike Eckels, De­catur His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion chair­man.

Mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by the De­catur High School band, Northside El­e­men­tary mu­sic class and the blue­grass group “Faith and Free­dom.”

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 29 Honor Guard will post the col­ors be­fore the cer­e­mony be­gins.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the De­catur city clerk’s of­fice at 479-752-3912.

West­side Eagle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

The Vet­er­ans Memorial tree is low­ered into its new home at Vet­er­ans Park by Troy Wackes (left) and Adam Cramer Oct. 26. The tree is part of a memorial com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

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