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Denton Honors Our Veterans Parade
April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
In early fall, 2019, two representatives of the Mid Shore Veterans Group (MSVG), sought to enhance the already existing patriotic atmosphere that permeates the town of Denton. Royce Ball, co-founder of MSVG, and Bruce Wakefield, MSVG advisor, approached Mayor Abigail McNinch to discuss how MSVG might help promote veteran appreciation in a town that has already shown gratitude to their veterans in so many ways. After some informal discussion Mayor McNinch suggested something that the town hasn’t tried before – a parade to honor local vets. Soon, a date had been set and plans were initiated.
On Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m., the first “Denton Honors Our Veterans” parade will march up Market Street and culminate at the Courthouse Green where an “Honor Ceremony” will be held. “The sole purpose of this event is to honor local Veterans,” said Royce. “No one associated with this event has any other agenda.”
Royce went on to say that the Honor Ceremony would be short, however, it will be a striking salute to veterans, to thank them and their families for their service and sacrifices made on our behalf. “No amount of tribute can ever be enough to acknowledge what our veterans and their families have given us,” Royce says, “but we can let them know we will never forget.”
Units from the VFW, American Legion, the NJROTC of Easton and Colonel Richardson High School, marching units from Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High School, private entries, the Vet Center, fire and police departments, local officials and so many more have been invited to participate. It is hoped to have a local veteran participate as Grand Marshall, and it is also hoped to have a local veteran as keynote speaker. The town will be decorated with light pole banners depicting local heroes, past and present.
“Our biggest hope,” says Royce, “is that we can get every local veteran to march in the parade and, if nothing else, join us at the courthouse for the Honor Ceremony. Veterans should contact us so we know how many to plan for.”
Still a work in progress, planners are hoping that the event will become a landmark event for veterans in the Denton area. For more information or to apply to be in the parade, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Royce at 443-995-5908.