2013 UAW 862/Ford Motor Company Veterans Day Parade and Massing of the Colors
Date & Time
Who should attend: All Girl Scouts and Adults
The Planning Committee for this year's Parade and Massing of the Colors is inviting all Girl Scouts to join in this year's tribute to all of our veterans, active duty military and their families by participating in the 2013 UAW 862/Ford Motor Company Parade and Massing of the Colors Ceremony on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
- The parade route will be on 4th Street in downtown Louisville, from Chestnut to Main Streets, and Main Street from 4th to 5th Streets; the approximate distance is one-half mile.
- The Review Stand will be located on the front steps of the Kentucky Center at 5th and Main; the Massing of the Colors will take place at the end of the parade in front of the Review Stand.
- The parade will begin at 11:11 a.m., the exact time the Armistice ending WWI took effect on November 11, 1918.
- The Parade and Massing of the Colors Ceremony will end at approximately 12:15-12:30 p.m.
- 2013 marks the 3rd annual parade, which began on November 11, 2011, following a hiatus of approximately 60 years.
- Participating troops will be recognized in the printed program for the Parade and Massing of the Colors and in general remarks by the Parade announcer.
Specifically, we are asking troops to participate in one of two ways, or in both ways:
- THE CORRIDOR OF FLAGS - Scouts and others will line the Parade Route on both sides of the street, holding small American flags which the Parade will provide. As the last unit in the parade passes, those holding flags will fall in behind that unit and walk the rest of the way of the Parade's end, where they will stand for the Massing of the Colors Ceremony.
- THE MASSING OF THE COLORS CEREMONY - Color Guards from Troops are invited to march in the parade as one large unit and participate in the Massing of the Colors Ceremony, which will take place immediately following the last unit in the parade and arrival of the Scouts and others who took part in the Corridor of Flags.
To facilitate transportation and placement of the participating Scouts, we will arrange for everyone to park near the end of the Parade. Shuttle buses will transport those taking part in the Corridor of Flags to a designated point where they will be met by a volunteer who will distribute the flags and direct them to their designated spot on the route. Shuttle buses will trasnport the Scout Color Guards to their staging area in the Parade assembly area. Specific parking direction will be provided prior to the Parade. At the end of the Parade/Ceremony, Scouts will walk back to their vehicles.
In addition to the Parade and Ceremony, there are several activities planned which Scouts may enjoy. Antique military equipment such as trucks, jeeps, and tanks will line Main Street around 5th Street, and their owners will be present to talk with spectators. Most of the vehicles will be available for people to climb on. 4st Street Live! is planning a family oriented "USO Party" immediately following the parade with period entertainment and displays. Louisville's Food Trucks will be staged near the end of the parade and open for lunch. Finally, other special displays and information booths will be located along Main Street, and possibly extended onto the Belvedere.
We have attached a registration form for your use in signing up your Troop. Hard copies of the flyer, this letter and registration form/reply envelope also will be available to you at your Fall Kickoff (Friday, September 13th at Camp Shantituck). If you want to register using the attached form, please complete it and mail it to:
Veterans Day Parade
C/o VisionWorks LLC - An Event Company
PO Box 712
Prospect, KY 40059
Thank you for your consideration; we hope we will see your troop and their families as we pay tribute to our Country's veterans, active military and their families this year.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact the parade office at: 502-228-5237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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