More than 30 local businesses and organizations showed up in the 30-degree weather, the day before Veterans Day, to walk in the first Veterans Day Parade in Johnson City since sometime in the 1970s. The parade was organized by the American Legion, Kings Mountain Post 24.
The parade began at 11 a.m., a nod to the commemoration formerly known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of combat in World War I that happened at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of November in 1918, making this day the 100th anniversary.
Dressed in hats and scarves, parade participants gathered next to Founders Park to mark the day. Starting the parade off at Commerce Street, the parade took a turn onto State of Franklin Road and made its way to the Memorial Park Community Center.
Members of the sparse but enthusiastic crowd waved to veterans in trucks and on floats and took pictures.
Among participants in the parade were the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mountain Empire Chapter of Korean War Veterans Association, Honor Flight, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, Johnson City Vice Mayor Jenny Brock, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, Johnson City/Washington County Veterans’ Memorial, Amedisys Hospice Care, Tetrick Funeral Home, Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation, Boy Scouts of America Pack 37, local emergency services and more.
There will be many other opportunities Veterans Day weekend to to honor U.S. military veterans, including:
• Jonesborough: Veterans Day Concert and Service, Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. at 2:30 p.m.
• Kingsport: U.S. Air Force Jazz Band of Mid-America jazz concert, Rennaisance Center, 1200 E. Center St. at 2:30 p.m.
• Erwin: Veterans Day Ceremony, Vtereans Park, 309 Academy St., Erwin at 2 p.m.
• Elizabethton: Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration and Harvest Festiva, Sycamore Shoals, 1651 W. Elk Ave. at 10 a.m.