NORMAN — A Veterans Day parade being organized for Nov. 11 will honor 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 of 2011, 14 soldiers from the 45th have been killed in Afghanistan and many more wounded.
“Welcome Home 45th” is planned for 2 p.m. Nov. 11, beginning on James Garner Boulevard and proceeding south on Jenkins Avenue to Reaves Park. A ceremony at the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial at the park will begin at 4 p.m., featuring an F-16 flyover and keynote address by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Richardson, the deputy commanding general for the III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal commissioned a committee to organize the parade and has issued a call for entries.
The committee is seeking honor guards, marching bands, floats, motorcycle groups, car clubs and other organizations wanting to honor veterans, said Parks and Recreation Director Jud Foster, who also is helping organize the event.
This will be 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 home returning troops from World War II.
To register a group or organization to participate in this year's parade, call 366-5472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for entries is Nov. 1.