This year’s theme is “Three Score and Forever More, Alpharetta Honors Veterans,” and the goal is to recognize specifically the veterans of the Korean War as well as all veterans of all wars for their service.
“We are dedicating this parade for the memory and in honor of all those who served in Korea,” said Marty Farrell with the American Legion Post 201. “The Korean War was going full tilt at the time the parade first began so we thought this would be an appropriate time to honor them.”
Maj. Gen. Gerald Carey will be this year’s grand marshall and keynote speaker. Carey served in the Air Force for 30 years and has won several awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and three Distinguished Flying Crosses.
The event will start at 9:15 a.m. at City Hall in Alpharetta with a performance by the Alpharetta City Band. At 10 a.m. special guests will be introduced and the parade will begin around 10:30 a.m. The parade will go down Milton Avenue, turn south on Main Street at City Hall, turn west on Old Milton Parkway and end at the American Legion Post 201 at Wills Road.
The celebration will then continue with children’s activities at the American Legion Post 201 where the Varsity will serve free hot dogs.
Farrell said the parade takes a lot of work for a lot of people.
“This is a year long effort,” he said.
“In fact, I would venture to say that we will begin planning for the 61st parade in a matter of a month or two.”