The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will hold the 19th Annual Charleston Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The parade will include multiple marching bands, historic military vehicles, motorcycle groups, and Veterans Service Organization floats.
This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Major General Gerald Minetti, the Program Lead for the Charleston Chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a Charleston VAMC volunteer and a decorated Veteran with more than four decades of time spent in the U.S. Army.
“I am honored to have been selected to be the Grand Marshal of the Charleston Veterans Day Parade representing the many Veterans who live in the greater Charleston area,” stated Minetti. “On Veterans Day, we honor all our service men and women who served our Nation, protecting our freedoms and our flag.”
The parade begins at the intersection of Concord St. and Market St. with welcome remarks beginning before the parade at 12:40 p.m. from Congressman Joe Cunningham, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Acting Director and CEO Ronnie Smith. Remarks will be followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the Laing Middle School choir and a flyover by Joint Base Charleston’s 437th Airlift Wing. The parade will get underway at 1 p.m. and will follow a route that moves west on Market St. to East Bay St., continues to Broad St. and ends at Colonial Lake.
“The Charleston Veterans Day Parade is an opportunity for us to come together and salute those who paid the price of freedom,” said Smith. “At the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, it is our mission to honor these Veterans daily through the high-quality, personalized health care services we provide. I’m looking forward to joining our community to salute our Veterans of every generation at the parade.”
The focus of the Veterans Day Parade is to thank the Lowcountry heroes who selflessly served in our nation’s military during times of peace or times of war. This parade is a small token of the community’s gratitude and appreciation.