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Veterans Day Parade set for Nov. 11 in downtown Prescott

PRESCOTT - With an emphasis on the veterans of World War II, the Prescott Veterans Day Parade is set to take to the streets of downtown Prescott at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The parade will circle the downtown plaza, starting at the corner of Cortez and Willis streets.

The theme of the parade is "Keep the spirit of 1945 alive" - in honor of the end of World War II 70 years ago. Army Air Corps veteran John Pietz, 90, will serve as the parade's grand marshal.

The opening ceremony is set to start at 10:30 a.m., in front of the Yavapai County Courthouse, and will feature the posting of the colors, the performance of the National Anthem, and comments from Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor Frank Ayers.

After beginning at 11 a.m., the parade will pause at 11:11 a.m. for a fly-over to commemorate the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

More than 80 entries are expected in the parade, according to the City of Prescott's website, including participants in six categories: non-profit organizations; fraternal organizations; motorized groups; music; marching units; and hospital entries by veterans.

A first-place trophy will go to the winner in each category, and a "super hero award" will go the overall winner.

Special accommodations will be provided by the VA Medical Center for transportation and seating for those who need it. And for those who cannot attend, the parade will be broadcast locally on Prescott's Access 64 channel.

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