RIPLEY, WV (WTAP) - More than 400 veterans are participating in the Military Honor March of the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday in Ripley.
The 100-plus unit parade begins at 10 A.M. on Saturday, Nov. 11 near Ripley High School. It concludes at the Jackson County Courthouse with an 11 A.M. ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.
In addition to the veterans, hundreds of students and loved ones will carry photo posters of those who served our country from the Revolutionary War to modern times, according to Mayor Carolyn Rader.
“This is a parade that you definitely will not want to miss,” she said. “It will be one to remember.”
Other parade highlights include a special float tribute to Vietnam veterans and the marching bands of Ravenswood High and Ripley High. Two large balloons are a parade first in Ripley.
Family members of the late Clarence L. Dragoo are the parade marshals. Dragoo was a bombardment navigator during World War II. He was recently buried with full military honors more than 70 years after his plane was shot down in the Adriatic Sea near Northern Italy.
The ceremony features comments by Thom Kirk, Deputy Secretary of West Virginia’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is presenting patriotic tunes.
On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 P.M., at the historic Alpine Theatre, a free showing will begin of the 1-hour documentary “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember."
Donations are accepted for Jackson County’s Hunting Heroes program.
West Virginia’s Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. will offer patriotic tunes at the Jackson County Courthouse square, after the 11 A.M. ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.