By Jaime Thomas
As Veterans Day approaches, a number of area organizations are celebrating those who served in various ways.
Anchoring the day, a parade will float down Main Street in Granville on Monday, Nov. 11.
Marching bands, veterans, trucks and more will participate in the annual event, which honors those who have served in the armed forces.
This year, Josh Dunbar will lead the parade. Dunbar finished his service with the navy in January of 2011 after serving for 11 years. He was in the special detachment and CNO special missions and eventually left for family reasons.
“I spent quite a bit of time on submarines and ships, and I traveled to a lot of different places,” Dunbar said.
Dunbar, who is a 2001 Granville graduate, said he is pleased to be leading the parade.
“I consider it an honor, not only for myself, but because of all the men and women before me I’ll be representing,” he said.
In an effort to stock up area food shelves, the VFW Post 1653 will be entering a food pantry float in the parade; members of the community are asked to bring nonperishable food items to the event, which the veterans will collect as the parade makes its way down Main Street.
VFW Member Butch Hurlburt said the group is still looking for people to march and enter floats and everything else for the parade.
The VFW will offer a luncheon afterword for those who participate. Those involved in the parade will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Mettawee Valley Cemetery, and the parade will start at 10.
Meanwhile, Hartford Town Supervisor Dana Haff is reviving an old tradition for the fourth year in a row. He sent out letters to 77 churches throughout Washington County, asking them to ring their bells for one full minute at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.
“Today, we refer to Armistice Day as Veteran’s Day but we have fallen out of the old fashion “Ringing of the Bells” tribute towards our Veterans,” Haff wrote. “WWII Veterans are rapidly dwindling in numbers. Our communities have many veterans, many of which have been in combat theaters whether it be WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, The Cold War, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, or Afghanistan, etc.”
Each year, he has seen growing participation from area churches and hopes that will be true this Monday.
The day before the actual holiday, the South Granville Congregational Church invites all area servicemen and servicewomen to join as members honor America’s military during the service on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m.
To join the parade or for more information call Hurlburt at 642-1599 or 361-0185.