This is thought to be the first Veterans Day Parade held locally in many decades and is being spearheaded by local residents Terry Tolar, a veteran of Desert Storm, and J.W. Jacobs, a Vietnam veteran, who are members of the Parade Planning Committee which also includes other veterans and community members.
It is hoped all area veterans will attend and that citizens will come to support the veterans and line the downtown streets, said Tolar.
Parade lineup will begin at 8:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church parking lot with the parade starting at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m. the veterans will be honored with a luncheon in the Old Booneville Hardware Building provided by Tony Smith of Booneville Community Pharmacy.
All veterans, first responders, firemen and law enforcement officials have a special invitation to participate in the parade.
“We are asking that all churches, civic organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools and businesses make a float, decorate a truck, golf cart, four wheelers or side by side utility vehicles and come out and support the veterans,” Tolar said.
Horses may also be ridden in the parade.
A Missing Man Table will be set up at the luncheon. Names listed on the memorial on court square of local veterans killed in wars will be read.
During the luncheon members of the local Natchez Trace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have a ceremony for the Vietnam vets.
Cindy Ford’s gifted class at Booneville Middle School and the National Junior Honor Society are helping make decorations for the luncheon.
The Booneville Boys and Girls Club is creating paintings to raffle.
Some others set to participate in the event include a Jeep Club from Tennessee/Mississippi, the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club, an ensemble from Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Booneville Kiwanis Club, and the Blackland Volunteer Fire Department which has an old military truck that has been turned into a fire truck, to name only a few.
Signs have been placed around the area to help promote the parade.
The Parade Planning Committee plans to set up at the Booneville Fall Festival Oct. 21 to receive monetary donations toward the event.
The next Parade Planning Committee meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Booneville City Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend.
To assist with parade lineup and knowing how many veterans plan to attend the luncheon, those planning to be in the parade are asked to call either Terry Tolar at 416-2472 or J.W. Jacobs at 720-0582 or Trudy Featherston at the Booneville and Prentiss County Main Street Association at 728-4130.