Parade continues to honor area vets

By Emily Crowe

CNJ STAFF WRITER

ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Saturday marks more than 20 years of celebrating the military veterans with a parade.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and a handful of local veterans from that war will serve as the parade’s grand marshals.

“We have to respect them for what they did,” said John Montano, parade organizer. “And we have a lot of veterans that are not here anymore, but they’re the ones that paved the way for the way of life that we enjoy now.”

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The Cannon Air Force Base honor guard led last year’s Veterans Day parade on Main Street. This year’s parade will begin 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of 14th and Main streets.


According to Montano, who also serves as the area chairman for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the parade already has 30 float entries.

“We’re going to have a good turnout for it,” he said.

This will be the first year, and first parade, for J.T. Berry and other members of the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Division, a World War II reenactment group.

The group represents units in the war hailing from Oklahoma and Texas, and Berry said half of the members are from Clovis and the other half are from west Texas.

“We try to educate the public about the World War II infantry soldier,” Berry said. The group will walk in the parade in full uniform and with all of their equipment.

The award presentation will be held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 noon p.m. Saturday.

Fast facts

What: Veterans Day Parade

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: 14th and Main streets

Information: 763-3435