We all love a parade!Come downtown November 10 to recognize area veterans!

Veterans in Lauderdale County and the surrounding area will be the center of attention during a day of activities on Saturday, November 10.

“We’re so proud of our veterans,” said Eunice Jenkins, one of the day’s organizers and a veteran himself. “They really are patriotic. We appreciate everything they do.”

The first activity is a parade in downtown Ripley that starts at 9:30 a.m. The parade will end close to First United Methodist Church, which will host an assembly and then a lunch.

The assembly’s program will have guest speakers and patriotic music, Jenkins said.

Once again, organizers hope to fill the church with even more attendees than last year when they had a
standing-room only crowd.

“We would love to have 1,000 people this year,” Jenkins said.

A lunch follows the assembly. The menu depends on how much organizers can raise to cover the cost of food, Jenkins added.

The Lauderdale County Veterans Office estimates that about 1,700 to 1,800 veterans live in the county. It’s hard to know because there isn’t one place to go to get an exact count, Jenkins said.

Veterans who want to participate in the day’s activities are asked to register with the Veterans Office at 731-635-3005 or the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce at 731- 635-9541. Veterans can also register a guest.