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All Haywood County veterans urged to participate


The public is invited to attend the second annual Memorial Day Parade honoring Haywood County veterans at 1 p.m. Monday, May 31 in downtown Canton.


The parade will feature several National Guard and Reserve units, a color guard, Civil War reenactors, and veterans’ organizations in Haywood County. ROTC units from Pisgah and Tuscola High Schools are expected to participate and several local organizations are expected to participate in the parade to pay tribute to veterans.


Veterans Services Officer Ronald Putnam said he is hopeful that every veteran who is able will participate in the parade, either by walking, riding or sitting in special seating. Veterans will have the option of walking or riding on a float during the parade. Bleachers will be set up for disabled veterans who cannot walk or ride in the parade. In addition, Putnam said any veteran who wants to ride a motorcycle in the parade may do so by calling the Veterans Services Office.


Putnam said veterans will be welcome to join in all the way up to an hour or so before the parade.


“We’ll take folks as late as we possibly can, but the target gathering time is 11:30 to 12:30,” Putnam said. “The gathering point for parade participants is the open area adjacent to Canton Middle School and the Pisgah High School Football Stadium.”


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.


The last Memorial Day Parade was held during the county’s Bicentennial celebration in 2008, and Putnam said he is looking forward to another high turnout from veterans and county citizens.


“Lots of folks have told me that the Memorial Day Parade we did during the Bicentennial was really special because so many veterans participated,” Putnam said. “I hope as many veterans as possible will participate this year and that anyone who can will wear their service uniform.”


In addition to the parade, there will be a number of activities to honor veterans going on in Downtown Canton.


Veterans interested in participating in the parade may contact Ronald Putnam or Debbie Caldwell at 452-6634. The deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, May 10.


For more information, contact:
David Teague,
Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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