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Friday’s Veterans Day Parade pays tribute to female vets

PRESCOTT – More than 90 parade entries will take to the streets of downtown Prescott Friday, Nov. 11, in commemoration of Veterans Day 2016.

This year’s parade will focus on female veterans, with the theme, “Honoring Women in the Military; Past, Present and Future.”

The parade, which will begin at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, “will honor female veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as all who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces,” states a news release from the City of Prescott.

An opening ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m., prior to the start of the parade, in front of the Yavapai County Courthouse. The ceremony will feature comments from Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg, VA Medical Center’s Kerri Wilhoite, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor Frank Ayers, as well as the posting of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a performance of the National Anthem.

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

With more than 90 entries participating, this year’s parade surpasses last year’s tally of 82 entries.

Parade entries will compete in six categories, including non-profit organizations, fraternal organizations, motorized groups, music, marching units, and hospital entries by veterans.

A first-place trophy will be awarded in each category, and a plaque will be given to the best over-all entry.

Special accommodations will be provided by the VA Medical Center for transportation and seating for those in need.

The Prescott Media Center will provide a live broadcast of the 2016 Veterans Day Parade, offering the ability to watch from anywhere. Viewers should tune in to Cable One Channel 64, or the live stream in HD at prescottmediacenter.org.

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