Ripley will again be rolling out the red carpet for the nation’s veterans.
Each year the city’s salute to those who have served gets bigger and bigger, organizers said. Here’s a listing of activities taking place in the county seat on Veterans Day, Nov. 12:
• 7 a.m – Free Breakfast for veterans at the I-77 Chevrolet showroom being sponsored by I-77 Chevrolet and McDonald's of Fairplain & Ravenswood.
Items on the menu include breakfast burritos, sausage biscuits, and gravy.
• 8:45 a.m. – Parade lineup gets underway at the Ripley Elementary Early Childhood Center on Second Avenue.
Coffee and juice provided by Ripley Tabernacle Church. Donuts provided by Walmart of Ripley. All veterans participating in the parade are asked to report to the Ripley Elementary Early Childhood Center on Second Avenue at 8:45 a.m. Those carrying posters are also asked to report to the Early Childhood Center at that time to pick up posters and lineup for the parade.
• 9:40 a.m. – The Ripley Police Department will be shutting down traffic along the parade route.
• 10 a.m. – Ripley’s 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade begins.
The parade route starts at the intersection of Charleston Drive and South Church Street and will proceed north past the reviewing stand to the intersection of Church Street and Main Street. The parade will then turn left onto Main Street and continue to the intersection with Court Street where veterans will be exiting floats and vehicles to attend the service near the Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse lawn. The remainder of the parade will continue on Main Street and conclude at Klondyke Road.
The best places to view the Veterans Day Parade will be from Ginos on South Church Street and north to the intersection with Main Street (location of reviewing stand) and also extending a short distance west to the intersection with Court Street.
• 11 a.m. – Veterans Day Service on the Courthouse Lawn.
The service will start immediately following the parade. The special guest speaker is WOWK TV news anchor Patrick Simon. Simon is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of military service in all three components of army - active, guard and reserve.
Following the service, a patriotic concert by the Ladies for Liberty from Louisville, Kentucky will take place. The Ladies perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters of the WWII era.
After the concert, the day’s activities will conclude with a special flag retirement ceremony being conducted by the Boy Scout Troop 419.
• 11 a.m. – Ponderosa of Ripley is providing a free buffet and drink for veterans from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Make plans to help honor our Nation’s veterans by attending the Ninth Annual Ripley Veterans Day Parade. To register, contact Mayor Carolyn Rader at 304-372-3482 or 304-532-0548.