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5 branches of the military named Christmas Parade grand marshals

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The Urbanna Hometown Christmas Parade will be held on Friday evening, December 7—the 71st anniversary of the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Because of this, the grand marshals of the parade will be the five branches of the U.S. military.

A local veteran or active member will represent each of the five branches in the parade.

“I know our military has been honored for years, but what another great chance we have to say thank you,” said parade chairman Lois Jean Brooks.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. has been involved in several wars: 1914-1918, World War I; 1939-1945, World War II; 1950-1953 Korean War; 1960-1975 Vietnam War; 1990-1991, Persian Gulf War; 2001, the invasion of Afghanistan; and 2003, the invasion of Iraq.

There have been many men and women connected to these wars. Some have come home, some are MIAs, and some did not make it home. There have been many sacrifices made by our troops and their families throughout the years. Men and women have fought long and hard for what we have today—freedom.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome each veteran or active service member to our hometown parade,” said Brooks. “We thank you for all your years of service to this great country of ours. Friday, December 7, will be just another chance to express our many thanks. Without you, we would not be free today.

“Let us all put our U.S. flags out along the parade route to help welcome our military members and their families. Please show them how much you appreciate all their time and service by being present and by giving them applause when they pass by,” said Brooks. “We welcome each and every one to this year’s parade. Come out and help us celebrate and welcome the Christmas season in Urbanna.”

The parade will be held rain or clear.

The parade will be at 7 p.m. The parade lineup will be at 6 p.m. in the parking lot on Virginia Street where Urbanna Lumber Co. (the Mullins building) once stood. There will be food for sale at the Urbanna Firehouse before and after the parade.

There will be a brief ceremony at the firehouse at the beginning of the parade and there also will be a brief ceremony at the corner of Virginia and Cross streets to welcome the honorary guests.

There is still time to enter the parade. Just call Brooks at 758-4717 and leave a message, or email

Parade officials just received confirmation from the North Pole that Santa will be coming to the firehouse in Urbanna to visit with all the children after the parade. There will be a free Santa party for all the children with some other surprises.

The parade is sponsored by The Town of Urbanna and the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.

posted 11.20.2012

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