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Norman prepares for Veterans Day parade

A Veterans Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eufaula railroad crossing in Norman. The parade will proceed south on Jenkins Avenue to Reaves Park for a special ceremony honoring the 45th Infantry Brigade.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: November 10, 2012
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The city's Veterans Day parade will proceed on schedule Sunday, despite weather predictions of high winds and possibly rain, city officials said.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the Eufaula Street railroad crossing and proceeds south on Jenkins Avenue to Reaves Park.

At 4 p.m., a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in the park will cap off the day's events.

This year's parade honors the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team — about 3,000 soldiers who returned to Oklahoma this year after being deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Since July 2011, 14 soldiers from the 45th have been killed in Afghanistan and many more wounded.

“Welcome Home 45th” will feature numerous veterans' organizations, marching bands, floats, honor guards, car clubs and motorcycle groups.

The 4 p.m. ceremony will feature an F-16 flyover and keynote address by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commanding general for the III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.

This is the second year in a row that Norman has staged a Veterans Day parade.

Last year's parade was the first since 1944, when a parade was held to welcome returning troops from World War II.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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