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Loyalty Day events planned

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Loyalty Day activities will be celebrated May 9, and has a theme of "A Tribute to Our Newest Vets from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)."

According to Clay County Veterans' Service Officer Mike Holland, this event is a way for the community to support for the sacrifice made by local soldiers.

"We need to show support to these new local veterans in any way we can," Holland said about local military personnel returning home from active duty overseas, many who are part of the Brazil National Guard. "This year, many soldiers from the guard unit will be stationed at corners along the parade route to help organize the event."

Loyalty Day starts with a service for veterans, but the ceremony have been moved to the Brazil National Guard Armory.

"Having the ceremony inside the armory will be more comfortable for the veterans and their families," Holland said.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. There will be some giveaways, and a guest speaker that has yet to be announced, with the veterans' pork chop dinner starting approximately at 11 a.m.

Holland said those veterans interested in enjoying the dinner need to fill out sign-up for the Loyalty Day Free Pork Chop Dinner to help make sure the Elks Lodge members are able to provide enough food.

Sign-up sheets for veterans and their families are available at the Clay County Service Office in the courthouse, American Legion Post No. 2, the new Brazil V.F.W. Post 1127, 303 S. Depot St., the new Clay City V.F.W. Post 6606, 507 Nye St., Clay City, and at the Brazil National Guard Armory. Those interested in attending should be signed up on or before May 4.

The Loyalty Day Parade is later in the afternoon. The line-up for all participants will be at the intersection of Depot and National Avenue starting at 1 p.m., with the parade traveling eastward along National Avenue at 2 p.m., to end at Vandalia Street.

Holland said parade applications are still being accepted and can be dropped off at the Clay County Service Office, Brazil V.F.W. Post 1127, or by contacting Loyalty Day Parade Chairman Charlie Brown at 812-239-3920 or Mary Anne Wineinger at 812-241-3746.

Entry forms online

An entry form for this year's VFW Loyalty Day Parade is now available online. Visit www.thebraziltimes.com and click on 2009 Loyalty Day Parade Entry Form label under the "Forms" header on the left side of the page to enter and for more information about the event, which will take place Saturday, May 9.

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I respect very much these veterans' celebrating Loyalty Day, but it is officially celebrated on the first Saturday in May, as May 1st is "Loyalty Day", I believe, across the nation. For the last three years, the Brazil veterans have held the parade on the first Saturday of May, therefore, I scheduled my vacation after that date so I could attend. I will be out of town on May 9th.

Yes, I am a veteran.

Have fun, enjoy the day of freedom.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 9:36 AM

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