City plans free community event to honor troops and nation’s history
Our nation’s service members have helped create and preserve the rich lifestyle that United States civilians enjoy today. That’s why the City of Winchester will be honoring our veterans, current military personnel, and our nation’s history with a new community event and parade called “Salute to Our Troops” on July 20, 2013. Set in Old Town Winchester, the inaugural celebration will also celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the armistice signing that brought an end to the Korean War and a dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Jim Barnett Park as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers’ march into Winchester on July 19, 1913.
The “Salute to Our Troops” parade will follow the same route as Old Town Winchester’s annual Christmas parade. Organizers are currently soliciting participation in the military parade which will showcase the United States’ military history through the ages, sponsors, exhibitors and vendors. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm and exhibitors, food vendors and live entertainment will be featured on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall immediately after the parade until 6:30 pm.
Later in the evening is the 4th Annual Shenandoah Moonlight Ball, a teaching Civil War-period ball, from 6-10 pm in the First Presbyterian Church (116 S. Loudoun Street). This tradition in Old Town Winchester is free and open to the public. Learn Civil-War period dances taught by the Victorian Dance Ensemble while enjoying the unique sounds of the Susquehanna Travellers. Wear period, formal or casual attire.
Get Involved in the Salute to Our Troops Event!
All members of the military and military organizations are invited to participate in the parade and educational activities following the parade. Interested in getting involved? Complete the official event application which is available at the Park and Rec building in the Jim Barnett Park or on the city’s website at www.WinchesterVA.gov. We will also commemorate Winchester’s long history of military service and we encourage historic groups to also get involved in this celebration of military service. There are many ways to get involved:
- Participate in the parade (military-related units will be given priority, limited space available)
- Apply to be an exhibitor or vendor on the Loudoun Street Mall
- Volunteer to help during the event
- Become a sponsor
For questions or more information contact Jennifer Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.