By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 10, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- We're only one day away from Veterans Day and that means thousands of people are getting ready to line the streets of downtown Tallahassee in honor of our vets.
Veterans also set up shop Friday, getting everything ready for the big parade. This year's parade will be held on Saturday morning and it’s expected to bring in folks from all across the state.
One change that organizers said they’re most excited for is placing a bigger focus on Hometown Hero. They will recognize a citizen that goes out of their way to help the community. This year's hero goes above and beyond helping homeless veterans get the help they need.
There are 100 entries in the parade this year, including local businesses and veteran groups, all recognizing the importance of this national holiday.
"This parade is our time to come out and say thank you to our veterans, show them that we appreciate them. It's very important. Tallahassee is a big veteran community, they're very strong here and it's real important and everyone has come together," said Vet Events Tally president, Jodi Conway.
Conway said TPD and LCSO will be at the parade monitoring the area and keeping everyone safe, but she said there won’t be any extra or heightened security. She said being surrounded by thousands of veterans, usually, everyone feels pretty safe.
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