A parade for a cause

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

The patriotic spirit of the late Jack Austin will inspire thousands of people to again descend on downtown High Point later this month to honor men and women who serve their country without hesitation.
The 29th annual High Point Veterans Parade will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 along a section of Main Street between Green Drive and Montlieu Avenue. Considered one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the state, this fall’s event is expected to draw about 200 entries made up of 1,000 people, said parade organizer and Navy veteran Don Webb.
The parade was the brainchild of Austin, a Marine Corps veteran who launched the event single-handedly by riding his cherry-red motorcycle up and down Main Street, complete with an American flag. Austin died at the age of 83 two years ago.
Thousands of people line Main Street each year to watch the parade and honor veterans. Parade marchers will walk north along Main Street from Green to Montlieu. The reviewing stand is on High Avenue near the train station.
This year’s parade is highlighting the service of World War II veterans, Webb told The High Point Enterprise. Parade organizers want World War II veterans to have a seat of honor at the reviewing stand.
“If they are unable to get up there, then we will have a place right next to the reviewing stand where they can be,” Webb said. 
One new feature of this year’s parade will be awarding trophies to honor some of the best entries. The trophies will recognize best military entry, best civilian entry and most patriotic band, Webb said.
The High Point Veterans Parade is held each year on the Sunday before Veterans Day itself, which is Nov. 11.
Other Veterans Day observance in the area include:
• Thomasville Medical Center will hold an observance at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the hospital lobby, 207 Old Lexington Road. The event will feature speakers and patriotic music.
• Randolph Community College’s United Warriors Club will hold a celebration from 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 11 in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium on the Asheboro campus, 629 Industrial Park Ave. The event will include speakers and patriotic music.

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