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American Legion to take over planning for Veterans Day Parade

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American Legion Post 28 will organize this year’s 2018 Veteran’s Day Celebration and Parade, and that parade will not be shortened.

Main Street Roswell, an organization that traditionally worked with a group of volunteers to put on the parade and the city of Roswell to put on the event, announced that the American Legion would take on the responsibility for organizing this year’s celebration in a press release Monday.

The release states that MainStreet Roswell learned the Legion was interested in organizing this year’s parade and celebration while seeking input from the community, city officials and local veterans.

“MainStreet Roswell believes it is a good fit for the American Legion to organize an event to honor veterans, and are pleased to pass the baton to them, knowing that our veterans will continue to be recognized and honored through this annual tradition,” according to the release.

Legion Commander Jamie Fierro confirmed Tuesday that the Legion has taken over planning for this year’s parade and celebration. He said the American Legion has submitted its plan for the parade and it has been accepted by city officials.

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Fierro said the Legion plans to hold a parade that goes north from Main and Fourth streets up to Main and 19th Street, as it has in the past.

Earlier this month, MainStreet Roswell President Molly Boyles had said that her group planned to submit a shorter parade route for the city that would run from Main and Fourth streets north to Main and Ninth streets.

The Legion will hold its first meeting to begin planning for the parade Tuesday Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at Legion headquarters at 1620 N. Montana Ave., Fierro said.

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