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October 24, 2013

Three organizations unite to sponsor Veteran’s Day Parade

CENTRAL HIGH — This year’s Veteran’s Day Parade will be the first for three veteran’s organizations to come together to honor those who have risked it all to fight for America’s freedom.

In the past, the Duncan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1192 has taken on the role of parade sponsor. It will again this year, along with the local American Legion Post 55 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 92. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 on its annual route on Main Street in Duncan.

“This year we’re going to be joined by the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, and it’s the first year to do that,” said Daniel Leal, parade chairman. “We figured out we’d do a better job as one rather than separated, after all, we all work for the veterans.”

Each year, the parade is organized so the community can show recognition to local veterans.

Odell Hooper, a veteran of World War II, was chosen as this year’s parade marshal. Hooper spent part of World War II as a prisoner of war.

“We thought he’d be excellent and he deserves to be recognized,” said Leal. “He’s quite a man.”

What the organizations would like to see during the parade this year is more entries than last year’s 60 participants. Already, Leal said they’ve had a several regular groups register, and he encourages anyone to join them.

“We want anyone who wants to participate,” he said. “It’s to show veterans we think about what they’ve done and we appreciate them.”

Car clubs, motorcycle clubs, social clubs, youth organizations, school bands and more are welcome to participate in the parade. Individuals are also included in the invitation on whatever mode of transportation they see fit. There is even an antique tractor group signed up.

“We prefer for participants to sign up early because it makes things easier,” Leal said.

To register beforehand, those interested in being in the parade can contact Leal at 580-467-0882 or 580-255-1192.

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