American Legion Post 240 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 234 will host the annual Veterans Day parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. The parade starts from the Ranger College parking lot, turning south on Harbin to the field behind the old Fiddle Creek building on the South Loop. Veterans from Stephenville, Granbury and the local area will be represented in the parade.
Weather permitting, various military vehicles including Humvees and possibly a helicopter will be on display unless there is rain and the field is muddy. Fortunately, at this time there is no prediction of rain for Saturday.
This year’s parade marshal is Marine Corps Iraq War veteran, Jimmy Bell - a double Purple Heart winner and veteran of the Battle of Fallujah - and there are expected to be 45-50 other veteran participants from the sponsoring veteran groups in the parade.
Burton Smith, commander of the Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 and retired Navy SEAL Team 4 Commander said, “Last year we honored Viet Nam era veterans; this year we’re honoring Gulf War and War on Terrorism veterans. The Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Department and Stephenville Police Department will be represented as well as the Erath County Volunteer Fire Department and Stephenville Fire Department.”
According to Smith, veterans will be honored at the TSU vs. Midwestern State University game after the parade at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.
Vets will be admitted free and need only to say, “I’m a veteran” - no ID required. “Also, veterans will be recognized in the stands and during the coin toss,” Smith said.
He added that anyone who wants to participate in the parade - whether they are veterans or not - can do so by simply showing up between 4-4:30 p.m. in the Ranger College parking lot on Saturday.
For more information call Burton Smith at 817-366-3362 or David Guthrie at 254-977-2694.