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Efforts underway to organize Veterans Day parade

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Editor’s note: Some information in this story was included in an article on the Veterans Day Parade that appeared in Friday’s edition. The Daily Record is publishing this more in-depth story in an effort to better explain the ongoing work of parade organizers.

The route for the 2018 Veteran’s Day Celebration Parade will likely be shorter than in years past.

MainStreet Roswell President Molly Boyles said her organization will submit a new permit application to the city that outlines the revised parade route: along Main Street, from Main and Fourth streets to Main and Ninth streets.

The parade route has traditionally run from the intersection of Main and Fourth streets up to College Boulevard with the parade then ending at Stepp Field.

Boyles said city officials told her at an Aug. 1 meeting that a shorter route would be easier for the city to manage traffic, and require the use of fewer traffic cones and barrels.

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She added that a shorter parade will require fewer volunteers to put out and later pick up cones and barricades.

“And we agreed that shortening it would lessen our workload,” Boyles said.

She added that organizers are still planning to hold a ceremony in front of the Chaves County Courthouse to honor veterans. Such a ceremony could include music, guest speakers and a wreath ceremony.

The details of such a ceremony still need to be worked out, she said.

MainStreet Roswell has also put in a request into the city to partner with them on the parade, which would prevent the organization from having to pay fees for city services and property associated with the parade such as police protections, blocking off streets and the use of the fire department’s ladder truck. In the past, the fire department’s ladder truck has been parked at the intersection of Main and Fifth streets where an American Flag hangs down over the street.

Though MainStreet Roswell has no formal agreement in writing, Boyles said she is confident the city will ultimately partner with them. City officials are willing to work with MainStreet Roswell to put on the parade, she said.

For the city to partner with MainStreet Roswell, a request must be submitted to the city with their permit. The request is then voted on by the council’s Finance Committee and if approved is taken up by the full council.

MainStreet Roswell is also looking at ways to raise funds for the parade. She said the city partnering with MainStreet Roswell would be helpful, but would not cover expenses for advertising, printing and mailing out letters to encourage businesses and schools to take part in the parade.

Any leftover money raised not used to pay off parade-related expenses will go to organizations that help veterans. Specific organizations will be decided at a later date, she said.

Boyle said this year, MainStreet Roswell hopes to get more people to come to the parade and more businesses and organizations to take part in it. She said businesses and organizations will be encouraged to submit signs, floats or have some type or presence in the parade.

All signs and items submitted should emphasize the veterans, and the logo of a company should only take up a small portion of any sign, float or item in the parade, she said.

Political signs have always been prohibited in the parade, something that Boyles said will remain in place this year.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.