Parade honoring Vietnam veterans is Sunday
BENNINGTON — Marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a parade honoring the war’s veterans is scheduled for noon Sunday starting on Main Street.
John Miner, president of Vermont chapter 601 of the Vietnam Veterans of American, said the parade will start on Main Street at the former Mount Anthony Union Middle School and turn right on North Street on its way to its destination at the Vermont Veterans Home.
Miner said there will be speakers and a ceremony at the veterans home and 50 commemorative flags, on loan from the Department of Defense, will be raised to honor the veterans of the war.
The parade is open to all veterans, who are invited to line up at the former middle school starting at 10:30 a.m.
According to Miner, veterans from Vermont towns like Springfield, Brattleboro, Burlington and Colchester, as well as veterans from neighboring states like New Hampshire and Massachusetts are expected to take part in the parade.
“We should have quite a group of veterans,” he said.
Miner is also expecting participation from clubs like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the local Girl Scout troop and the Disabled American Veterans as well as other organizations like the cadets from Mount Anthony Union High School, a motorcycle club made up of veterans and a club dedicated to soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action.