L.B. McBride

L.B. McBride, 107, a war veteran, will serve as marshal of this year’s parade of veterans at 4:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Greenwood. The parade is sponsored annually by Thompson-Clemons Post 200 of the American Legion.

Marchers and marching bands will make their way through downtown Greenwood at 4:30 p.m. Friday in an early observance of Veterans Day, which is Monday.

Bands, social clubs and others have been invited to march, said Robert Beasley, public relations officer for Thompson-Clemons Post 200 of the American Legion.  The post will be joined for the parade by members of Legion Post 29. “We always invite 29,” Beasley said. “In fact, they march with us.”

Among the bands will be those from Mississippi Delta Community College and Greenwood High, Amanda Elzy High, Leflore County High and Greenwood Middle schools.

Also, he said, “We always get the oldest living veteran (in Greenwood) to be our parade marshal,” said Beasley, who was speaking about war veteran L.B. McBride, who is 107.

“We are going to assemble at the corner of Johnson and Howard, and then we are going to proceed north to Main Street and Front,” he said. The parade will turn west onto Front Street and then travel south on Howard Street to return to Johnson Street.

Post 200 members will turn out in the Legion’s dress uniform of a black suit, white shirt and an American Legion hat and tie.

Veterans Day itself will be Monday. The armistice ending World War I was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, and Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day. The holiday was renamed to honor all veterans in 1954.

Monday will be a federal, state and local government holiday. Banks, Greenwood City Hall and the Leflore County Courthouse are among locations that will be closed for business.

Schools will be open, and some will have Veterans Day programs. Among these are a 9 a.m. program at Threadgill Elementary School and a 1 p.m. program at Bankston Elementary. “They have programs every year and invite veterans to come,” said Margaret Dean, communications director for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.

John Favara of Legion Post 29 said the post has been asked to attend or give programs Monday at Golden Age Nursing Home, North New Summit School and Pillow Academy.

Pillow’s event will start at 9 a.m in the Craig Performing Arts Center. Veteran Bob Smith of Greenwood will be an honored guest.

Contact Susan Montgomery at 581-7233 or smontgomery@gwcommonwealth.com.

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