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Counties will honor local veterans with parades Sunday

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on November 10, 2006 1:45 PM

Residents of Wayne, Duplin and Johnston counties will have a chance Saturday to honor America's veterans.

Three Veterans Day parades are planned in the area -- in Goldsboro, Warsaw and Princeton.

The parades in Goldsboro and Warsaw start at 11 a.m. The Princeton parade will start at 2 p.m.

The route of the Goldsboro parade has changed this year. The parade will start on South Center Street as usual, but after turning around at the traffic circle on Ash Street and coming back up Center, the parade will turn right at Walnut Street, then left onto James Street and then take another left onto Spruce Street. The parade route will then turn from Spruce Street back to Center, where it will end.

A special honoree in the Goldsboro parade will be LaToya Lucas, the first woman from North Carolina wounded in Iraq.

The Warsaw parade is the oldest continuous Veterans Day parade in the nation. Festivities will start at 9 a.m., with a memorial service at 10 a.m. at the reviewing stand on Railroad Street. At 1:30 p.m., the Mount Olive College Chorus will perform at the veteran's museum on Hill Street, followed by a performance by the 440th Army National Guard Band. A highlight of the Warsaw celebration will be a flyover by a unit of Coast Guard planes. This year's celebration will honor the often unsung branch of the Armed Forces.

In Princeton, events start with a talent show beginning at 10 a.m. A display of military memorabilia at the old Woodard Furniture Store also opens at 10. Judging of a chili cookoff will be held at 11:30 a.m. The Princeton parade will start at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a reviewing ceremony at 3. Grand marshal for the parade, Lt. Col. Randy Rose, a B-2 pilot and instructor, will speak.