Local Girl Scout troops are seeking female military veterans who would be interested in riding or walking alongside their float for the upcoming Corinth Veteran’s Day Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Nikki Smith, who is co-troop leader with Ginger Radtke, of Girl Scout Troop number 23806, said they will be having a float in the parade for the first time this year.
“We have never done this before. We have always walked in the Veteran’s Day parade but never had a float,” said Smith.
Smith said it is surprising they had not thought of having a parade float for this particular event, as it is a good fit for Girl Scouts.
They chose to honor veterans by having them ride on the float or walk along side, whichever they prefer.
However, she said the first picture of a veteran which might come to mind is often still a male image.
“A lot of people have a certain picture in their heads ... they picture the older veterans, someone’s grandfather ... a Vietnam vet ... but, these girls don’t see it that way ... now, it’s their moms and their grandmothers and we want to honor them,” said Smith.
The Veteran is encouraged to dress in her full uniform if possible, but it is not a requirement.
The idea was part of a service meeting for the troops.
Upcoming regular service project events for the year will include “Caroling for Cans,” where the scouts sing Christmas carols downtown for cans of food, which they will donate to the AMEN Food Pantry.
Earlier this year, the troop built and installed a miniature free library for children in front of the Farmington Town Hall.
(For more information about the upcoming parade or to volunteer, please contact Ginger Radtke at 662-212-4761 or Nikki Smith at 931-409-9947.)