Local Veterans Gearing Up for 11-11-11

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Folks who attended the meeting Monday night at the hooch are already thinking about 11-11-11. Veterans Day. Last year was VET Inc's first year planning the Leon County Veterans Day Parade- some who took part, say it was a tremendous success.

In an effort to make this year's celebration bigger and better the Vet Inc. team took extensive notes on things they got right and areas they found room for improvement.

To get the ball rolling- Vet Inc. President, Joe West wrote a letter to Governor Scott requesting a sit down to get his support for not only the parade but other veterans events this year.

West says he was very impressed with the the fly over during the Governors swearing in and he wants the same for Veterans. "We had filled out all of the paper work last year and had Air Force Navy Marine approval and FAA approval bu we couldn't find a squadron who was willing to task the air craft to do it and that pretty much I think comes from the good ol boy network. And we're hoping maybe the governor's office can assist us in making that happen."

West addressed the letter to the the Governors office who acknowledged his email- but have yet to reply with details. A letter was also sent to Veterans Affairs who have not replied.

Some of the other kinks Vet Inc. is working out for the parade include parking, extra law enforcement, and possible seating for disabled veterans. They are also looking into permits and are in high hopes for a festival.

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