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Annual Veterans Day Parade set for November 11

The annual Veterans Day Parade, co-sponsored by the City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, is set for Friday, November 11, beginning at 10 a.m. (File photo)

The annual Veterans Day Parade, co-sponsored by the City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, is set for Friday, November 11, beginning at 10 a.m. (File photo)

The annual Veterans Day Parade, co-sponsored by the City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, is set for Friday, November 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Century Blvd. and S.E. 15th ST, travel east to Douglas Blvd, north to Reno Ave., and west to Morris McGee Ave, where it will end.

The parade marshal for this year’s parade will be Retired Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield.  Throughout his 34-year military career, Lieutenant General Litchfield served with distinction and dedication, ultimately becoming the commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base.  For his command in Oklahoma, he was responsible for operations which spanned 3 air logistics complexes, 3 air base wings, 2 supply chain management wings, and multiple remote operating locations, incorporating more than 32,000 military and civilian personnel.  Additionally, he oversaw installation support to more than 75,000 personnel working in 140 associate units at the 3 sustainment center bases.

Set to kick-off the event will be an F-16 flyover, scheduled for 10:22 a.m.  The fly-over will feature  2 F-16’s representing the 138th Fighter Wing out of Tulsa, OK.  Following this flyover, attendees will be treated to another fly-over, featuring the War Birds, a vintage World War II aircraft group from Tulsa, OK.  The War Birds will be flying the T-6 Texan aircrafts, which are single-engine advanced trainer aircraft that was used to train pilots of the US Army Air Force, US Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during WWII and into the 1050’s.

Once again, leading the parade will be the Naval Reserve seven story Stars and Strips Flag, which measures 50 ft. x 76 ft. and weighs 110 lbs. Over 100 flag team volunteers will be represented by community businesses and volunteers.

The parade will feature nearly seventy-five entries, which include the Disabled American Veterans, marching bands, displays from Tinker Air Force Base, ROTC units, Shiner’s and much more.

According to organizers, the Veterans Day Parade is a special way the community honors and recognizes veterans and those still serving for their sacrifice.

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