CRESTVIEW — The north county honors its many veterans with the Veterans Day Parade, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning on Main Street. After last year’s parade was almost cancelled when only five marching units had registered with less than a month to go, organizers from the city and the Disabled American Veterans, which took over the event from the Veterans Affairs Committee, promised this year’s parade will be better organized.

“We have 32 groups that have sent in entry forms, but I’m sure we’ll also have some who didn’t turn in forms and will show up at the parade anyway,” DAV adjutant treasurer Debborah“Pinky” Jimison said. “But we won’t turn them away.”

As an Air Force veteran herself, Jimison said, “Veterans Day, Memorial Day, all those days are very special to me and like to be able to give back to the community.”

On Sunday, the actual date of Veterans Day, the DAV will hold a “Wall Ceremony,” honoring the area’s veterans, at the Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial, located in the plaza on the corner of Main Street and Courthouse Terrace.

“It will be at 11 a.m.,” Jimison said. “It’s always 11/11 at 11.”

See the complete story in Saturday's News Bulletin.