Parade, events celebrate area veterans

WARREN — The annual Trumbull County Veterans Day parade, featuring area veterans whose stories were told this year in the Tribune Chronicle, will take place Saturday downtown.

“I’d like to encourage the community to attend the parade and help us honor our veterans,” said Sue Shafer, the newspaper’s community events coordinator.

The day begins with the Trumbull County Veterans Day Federation ceremony at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, with Vietnam veteran Jim Rapone, Marine Corps, serving as a keynote speaker. Rapone will talk about the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — the armistice was signed between allies of WWI and Germany at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918.

Bob Marino Sr., a veterans affairs liaison for state Rep. Glenn Holmes, D-Girard, and State Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta,will be honored during the ceremony, Shafer said, for “his service to veterans within the community.”

Immediately following the program’s conclusion, the parade begins.

Fifteen of the 24 Trumbull County veterans featured in the newspaper throughout the year are expected to participate in the parade, which has been sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle since 2003. It is one way the newspaper shows appreciation and admiration for not only local service men and women, but those nationwide.

The veterans’ stories also appear in the newspaper’s Saluting Our Veterans publication available in today’s edition.

Once the parade begins, it 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 Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center on East Market Street, and will turn onto Vine Avenue, disbanding along High Street.

Guy Vogrin of the Tribune Chronicle will announce the parade participants as they pass the review stand.

Marching bands from both Warren G. Harding and Lordstown high schools are expected to participate, as well as the Five Points Chapter of the Penn-Ohio Model A Ford Club Inc, which will have about a dozen classic cars.

“There will be quite a few military vehicles, including wartime jeeps and some big military trucks,” Shafer said, mentioning Warren native Bill Wonders’ restored Korean War 1951 Willys M38 — the last of the flat-fender jeeps.

The America Red Cross and the USO of Warren will be among the parade units, as well as troop members of local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations.

Also Saturday, an open house takes place noon to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1090, 611 High St.