VETERANS PARADE – American Legion Post 32 and the Beckley-Raleigh County Veterans Parade Committee will host the annual Veterans Parade on Thursday, November 11, 2021, beginning at 11 a.m. It will be a traditional downtown parade. Registration form and details here. If interested in participating, please complete and send in the form by November 9th.
The Veterans Parade line-up will begin at 9 a.m. at Park Middle School (floats, vehicles) and at 10 a.m. at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza (bands, walking units & military vehicles). A Memory Walk and Honor Walk section near the end of the parade will honor veterans – loved ones are invited to walk with a photo, memento or sign in the parade (line-up with the walking units at BIG).
The Parade Grand Marshal will be Kenneth Ferrell, US Air Force Master Sergeant – retired. The 2021 Parade Theme is “No Veteran Left Behind”. Floats should have signs on all four sides identifying the group on the float. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place will be presented to the best entries, and McDonalds will present award to the best scout entry. An Awards Ceremony will occur after the parade at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza.
After the parade, the Veterans celebration continues with a few more activities:
– Several school marching bands will perform music from their regular pregame or halftime shows on the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza between 12 and 1 pm.
– Veterans groups are welcome to set up a booth at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway 10am-1pm
– Veterans are invited to enjoy a free box lunch provided by local restaurants at the First Baptist Church on Neville Street – (limited supply)
– 1 pm – Raleigh County Girl Scout Flag Retirement Ceremony
– At 2 pm, the Raleigh County Veterans Museum will host their Healing Field ceremony on Harper Road.
CHRISTMAS PARADE – The City of Beckley is also planning a traditional Christmas parade to be held downtown on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 am. The theme will be “Gingerbread House Christmas.” Registration form/details can be found at www.beckley.org. Awards will be presented in a variety of categories