VFW Post 793 has announced the schedule of events to commemorate military Veterans in St. Johnsbury on Monday.
A ceremony is planned on Veterans Memorial Bridge on Portland Street at 9 a.m. Members of the VFW, its auxiliary and American Legion members will take part in the brief ceremony. St. Johnsbury Police closes the bridge to traffic during the event.
VFW Post 793 Quartermaster Roland Bigelow, who also serves as Vice Commander of VFW for Vermont, said new this year will be another brief ceremony at the memorial site of Camp Baxter near Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury. It will follow the bridge ceremony. Camp Baxter was a Civil War mustering point in the region for men preparing to go to war.
Parade participants, to include any Veteran who wishes to march and band members, will gather at the Father Lively Center between 10 and 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. The route is different this year. It will travel straight to Main Street via Winter Street. It will continue south on Main Street to Courthouse Park for a ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the paraders will march down Eastern Avenue, turn left onto Railroad Street and continue to Maple Street where the route ends at the American Legion.
Bigelow said everyone is welcome back at the VFW on Eastern Avenue following the parade for a light lunch. Donations will be accepted.