Say Thanks Parade: Honoring Post 9/11 Veterans

By: Angela Howard Email
By: Angela Howard Email

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE VET INC WEBSITE:

The Saturday Morning Parade co-hosted by the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter # 96 is still several thousand dollars short of paying for itself.

According to VVA Chapter 96 and Secretary,”Parade organizer Joe West, donations have just not been what both the Chapter and club had hoped for.

Mr West stated, "We’re certainly hoping more people will show up to honor our post 9/11 hero’s than have been in a position to help fund it.”

When asked if there was a possibility of cancelling the parade he stated emphatically “absolutely not”, he then jokingly stated, “although we may have to pass the hat around the parade route”.

The event scheduled for Saturday Morning May 19th, will begin at 9:15 Am on the South side of the Civic Center parking lot, proceeding up Madison to Bronough, over to Pensacola and back down to the Civic Center Parking lot, and is being held in conjunction with Leon County and VET Inc’s Operation Thank You on Friday night and will be followed by the 8th Annual Veterans Memorial Poker Run.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND:

Friday, May 18, 2012
Leon County Operation Thank You Getdown in downtown Tallahassee. The evening event will host live music, vendors, and more!

Saturday, May 19, 2012
“Big Bend Says Thank You” Parade. The parade is hosted by The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #96 and the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.

The 8th Annual Salute to Veterans Poker Run immediately follows the parade and begins in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center parking lot. The poker run ends with a giant party at Shucker’s Oyster Bar on Lake Jackson.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE OR THE EVENTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED, SCROLL DOWN AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE VET INC WEBSITE UNDER 'RELATED LINKS'.


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  • by ALA Member Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    This infuriates me in that it is once again the Veterans and not the Civilians who are trying to raise donations to put on a Thank You Parade for our Post-9/11 Veterans. Again, we are depending on those who have already gave so much to protect us - many who gave their lives and many who have gave their minds, lost their families, careers but yet it is the civilians who will show up to enjoy the parade and events. The local veterans got together and created an organization in order to keep the Veterans Day Parade going when Leon County was afraid they would melt. And they are busting their butts to get donations. If you are truly thankful, send in $5.00 or even a $1.00, sign up to help, gather your friends and families to do what all can do to show your appreciation.
  • by Thankful on May 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    The parade is being held on Armed Forces Day. The event on Friday night will have organizations to assist veterans if they are in need.
  • by Thankful on May 12, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    But shouldn't this have happened closer to Veteran's Day...or Memorial Day?
  • by OEF vet on May 11, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    Money says a lot more than a simple once or twice a year thank you. There's no thought behind a thank you and maybe a handshake at the most. Want to thank us for risking our lives, and leaving our families behind so you can be with your's? Help a veteran out! Many veterans are in debt up to their noses, need house repairs but can't afford them, have children and struggle to feed them, or are disabled physically and/or mentally and struggle to support themselves. HELP a veteran.
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      by OEF/OIF Vet on May 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM in reply to OEF vet
      The public does not need a specific Day to say thanks to a Vet, Just saying thanks to a vet that is out and about in the public goes a long way in letting them know that they are appreciated.
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