Parade to feature local veterans

WARREN — Veterans whose stories were told this year by the Tribune Chronicle will be featured Friday in the annual Trumbull County Veterans Day parade in downtown Warren.

Ken David of Niles, a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military award that can be given to a member of the U.S. Army, will be the featured speaker at the ceremony before the parade. U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, also will speak. The focus this year is on Vietnam veterans because the United States just marked the 50th anniversary of that war.

The parade will be led by the 910th Airlift Wing Color Guard, and marching bands from Warren G. Harding High School and Lordstown High School also will participate.

The parade will step off at 12:15 p.m. at Perkins Park, following the annual Trumbull County Veterans Day Federation ceremony, which will be 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW. Doors to the church open at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the Cortland Community Band will perform, and during the ceremony, the choir from Warren G. Harding High School will sing.

The parade will travel south on Mahoning Avenue, past a review stand set up near the Trumbull County Veterans’ Memorial, then head east on Market Street through the downtown area. It will pass the new Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center on East Market Street.

Sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle since 2003, the parade is one way the newspaper shows appreciation and admiration for not only local service men and women but those nationwide.