Crestview schedules all Veterans Day festivities on actual holiday

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Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After weighing logistics, the City Council unanimously approved holding this year’s Veterans Day events on the actual Nov. 11 holiday.

Following a motion by Councilman Mickey Rytman, the council voted unanimously to hold the city's Veterans Day observation events on Nov. 11.

Pinki Jimison, representing event organizers from the city's various veterans organizations, had asked the council to permit holding the parade on the holiday instead of the Saturday before.

"I can add since the last council meeting, a lot of veterans have approached me and are really gung ho on this," Jimison said at Monday evening's council meeting.

The day would begin with the 9 a.m. parade up Main Street to the Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial near the courthouse. An 11 a.m. "Wall Ceremony" will be held at the memorial.

Public Works Director Wayne Steele said moving the parade from Saturday to the Monday holiday would affect his department "significantly," as workers would have to receive holiday pay.

"If you have businesses open, all of those cars have to be moved and the street vacated and we have to get everything set up," Steele said.

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