Banners of veterans hung in time for parade Saturday
HUGHESVILLE – Veteran’s Day is just around the corner. Many businesses will be open on Sunday and offering discounts to veterans, some giving out free lunches. Hughesville has been busy setting up the borough for the annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday.
Hometown Hero Banners now are placed in Hughesville, 74 of them lining Main Street to honor the men and women who served. Hughesville now has their own banners as the American Legion Post 35 was the main sponsor to have them available for area residents who were veterans.
Assisting them was the Hughesvile Borough who gave permission to the Post to sell them. This was successful as they began with four banners that were originally placed in Williamsport along the Via Bella drive roundabouts.
“Next year we will have a waiting list,” said Suzanne Holmes who coordinated the transition from Williamsport. Proceeds will go to the Lycoming County Veterans Association and banners will remain in place from November to November of the following year. This is the fourth year to have the banners placed in Lycoming County. In the first year over 5 thousand dollars was given to aid local veterans with rent, utilities, fuel, food and other needs. As of September 2018 that figure has risen to $68,213.37. A ceremony was held November 3rd at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Williamsport. Retiring banners were taken down, cleaned and redistributed to the veterans and families. If interested in a banner to honor a local veteran contact the county Veterans Affairs office at 570-320-2101.
The banners were hung in mid October during the warmer days and in time for the Veterans Day Parade which will be held November 10 at 2 p.m.
Leading the parade will be a float led by horses with Ambassador William Sherwood and Grand Marshall Stanley Eugene Sones, both resident veterans of Hughesville.
The entire parade will be live streamed from the East Lycoming School District. According to Richard Swank, President of the Veterans Day Parade committee, “The parade was the brainchild of County Commissioner Rick Mirabito in 2013 and has blossomed. It gets better every year.”