Episode 980 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be publicizing a special event that will take place on November 11, 2017 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The event was covered in a story that appeared in The Star News that was titled: Group organizing inaugural Veterans Day Parade for Nov. 11. The story was provided by Amanda Lisk, a StarNews Correspondent.
Back in 2008, Congress in its infinite wisdom passed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. It authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.”
The Veterans Day event in Wilmington was encouraged by the DoD program. The planners of this parade have concluded it is the first ever Veteran’s Day Parade, or at least the first one in recent memory for the city. In their words the parade is expected to be a humdinger packed full of music, trucks, boats, even a submarine. They are going to do their best to make up for lost time in showing the city’s honor for all its veterans with special emphasis on its Vietnam Veterans.
Marc Biddison is the parade committee co-chair and the driving force behind the parade. He has been overwhelmed with the support that has been shown by the veterans in the community for the celebration. He stated: “Oh my gosh, we’ve had a tremendous response with those who know about it. So many people want to volunteer, we’re now trying to get the word out more.”
CLICK HERE to learn more or sign up to volunteer.
CLICK HERE to become a sponsor or to make contribution to help with the parade costs.
Discover more about the event at episode 980.