FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Fort Payne hadn't had a Veterans Day Parade since the Korean War, so in 2013 Mayor Larry Chesser insisted on starting an annual parade. The Northeast Alabama Marine Corps took on that responsibility.
"It was a lot harder than we thought, but its been a real labor of love for us. Fort Payne is monumentally patriotic," said Bob Harrell, Commandant of Detachment 1404 Marine Corps League.
The parade will travel from the Marine Corps League's headquarters down to Gault Avenue through the city of Fort Payne. Anyone can be a part of it. The deadline for registering your float is tomorrow.
"We can't have animals in the parade. The only animals we can have is the sheriff's posse. You're welcome to have music but it needs to be patriotic music. And all the themes need to be patriotic," says Bob Harrell.
The Fort Payne Veterans Day Parade is a great way to honor all veterans and recognize the impact they have on our cities.
"It shows support to our veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Iraqi veterans," says Michael Key of the Marine Corps League. "We have numerous of each in town here and it's just a great way to celebrate the day and remember them. Not just the living, but the fallen."
If you're looking to be a part of the Veterans Day Parade, float applications are available at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce.