On the heels of last year's highly successful Veterans Day Parade, organizers are hoping to raise enough money to purchase enough American flags to line the parade route along DeSoto County's historic Square.
"I think the response we had last year with the 2,000 participants that we had - everything from students to veterans and their families and people from every walk of life - is a great indication what the people of Hernando and of DeSoto County feel about our veterans and those who have bestowed our freedom to us," said Randy Martin, one of the main organizers of the 2018 Veterans Day Parade, set for Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.
"Our goal is to fill up the Square," added Martin. "We'd like to get a lot of people there. This whole event is a two-prong approach, which is honoring the veterans and getting students involved."
Martin said he has discussed getting students involved in the parade with DeSoto County Superintendent Cory Uselton.
Even though the parade falls during a school week, Uselton has said he will take the matter before the Board of Education and ask that principals have flexibility to allow students to attend the parade if they are able to do so and provide buses to transport them, according to Martin.
"It's on us to help the students discover that patriotism within themselves," Martin said.
"So far, the group has more than 50 flags and need an additional 50 more," added Martin.
"Our goal is to get 100 flags up and down the parade route."
Donations can be made online at www.hernandoveteransparade.com or checks can be may payable to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, 315 Losher Street, Hernando, MS, 38632, with a memo line to include designation for the flag effort of the 2018 Veterans Day Parade.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.