A collection of veterans groups and community organizations is putting on a Veterans Day parade in downtown Buffalo to welcome home veterans from every era.
The parade is billed as an opportunity to thank those who have served their country and organizers are encouraging people to participate in or watch the parade, which follows a route along Delaware Avenue. It takes place Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day.
This is the fourth year that the agencies have coordinated a Veterans Day parade, but organizers hope this year’s parade is the biggest, said Evangeline Conley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo.
The parade is meant to welcome home veterans of every age and era, not just those who have returned in recent years from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Conley said.
A team of organizers put on Veterans Day parades in 2009 and again in 2010 that went along Delaware Avenue from Summer Street to Niagara Square. Last year, the parade was moved to Delaware Park’s Ring Road.
The organizers are moving the parade back to the higher-visibility route along Delaware Avenue but have shortened this year’s parade route to make it easier for older veterans who wish to march, Conley said.
Veterans groups, marching bands and other organizations are invited to march or ride in the parade. Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org and use “VETERANS” in the subject line.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Delaware Avenue and West Tupper Street and ends at Niagara Square.
The coordinating organizations include the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Vets H.E.R.D. and the Erie County Veterans Service Agency.