VFW asks Crestview council to allow Veterans Day parade Nov. 11

VFW veteran's day parade Deborah Jimison

Deborah "Pinky" Jimison waits to address the Crestview City Council Monday evening about moving the city's Veterans Day parade to the actual holiday on Nov. 11.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 05:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — This fall, area residents might celebrate Veterans Day on the holiday's Nov. 11 date, rather than the Saturday before, if a request before the city council is approved.

City leaders are expected to discuss the issue during their next meeting, 6 p.m. May 13 at city hall.

Events organizer Deborah "Pinky" Jimison, of the Crestview Veterans of Foreign Wars post, said she brought the matter before the council at other veterans’ request.

In past years, the city's downtown parade has occurred the Saturday before Veterans Day while a "Wall Ceremony" honoring veterans' sacrifices occurs on Veterans Day itself.

However, organizers envision a daylong observation of downtown Veterans Day events, beginning with the 9 a.m. parade on Main Street, followed by the "11-11-11" Wall Ceremony at the Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial, Jimison said. Other events could include a downtown festival with vendors, food and exhibits honoring local veterans, for which organizers would like to collaborate with the Main Street Crestview Association.

Public Works Director Wayne Steele said his crews would need two hours before the 9 a.m. parade to set up barricades on Main Street.

Police Chief Tony Taylor said his officers could readily handle rerouting downtown traffic, along with setting up and taking down parade barricades.

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