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A parade featuring vintage military vehicles, a military band, a color guard and as many veterans as possible will be the highlight of a month-long Bicentennial celebration honoring Haywood County men and women who have served in the military.


The parade will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, May 26 on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Ron Putnam, Haywood County Veterans Services Officer, is coordinating the event.


The parade will feature several National Guard and Reserve units, at least one color guard, Civil War reenactors, and veterans’ organizations in Haywood County. In addition, the 440th Army National Guard Band of North Carolina, a 45-member marching band based in Mooresville, NC, will participate, as will the ROTC units from Pisgah and Tuscola High Schools.


Putnam said he is also hoping the event will provide an opportunity for as many veterans as possible to be recognized, by walking, riding or sitting in special seating during the parade.


“Any veteran who wants to be in the parade should call my office and let me know,” Putnam said. “We hope that any veteran who can will wear their uniform. If they want to walk in the parade, that’s fine. If they are physically unable to walk, but want to ride in the parade, they can call my office and we’ll arrange for them to ride on a float.”


Putnam said any veteran who wants to ride a motorcycle in the parade may do so by calling the veterans Services Office. Bleachers will be set up in front of the courthouse for disabled veterans who cannot walk or ride in the parade.

 Putnam would also like to see as many vintage military vehicles as possible participate in the parade. Any county resident who would like to include their military vehicle in the parade must call the Veterans Services Office. Veterans may contact Putnam at 452-6634 to participate in the parade. The deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, May 16. 

In addition the parade, the there will be a display of military memorabilia  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at the American Legion in Waynesville. The display will include vintage vehicles, weapons and uniforms from World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. For more information, or if you have memorabilia you would like to display, contact Tim Glance at 627-0361.


David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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