The Annual Vermont Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade wil be held in Bristol this year on Nov. 1 The parade tours around the state with various towns serving as annual hosts. (Photo of Barre parade by the BSA GMC)
Bristol The 16th Annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade will take place in Bristol on Nov. 1, rain or shine. The Town of Bristol will host the parade, facilitated by the American Legion on behalf of the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to Veterans, the Parade will also honor the memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the men and women of firefighter units, rescue squads, and police. The parade will start at 11 a.m.
This salute is one of only a few parades sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America in the nation. It is held in a different Vermont town every year. Burlington, Montpelier, St Albans, Windsor, and Morrisville are among past hosts.
Scouting Salute to Veterans is one of the largest parades in the state based upon the number of parade participants. Veterans marching in the parade include units from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart Society, and more from across Vermont. Scout troops from across the state will march to honor these veterans. It is estimated that there will be 700-1000 participants.
American Legion Post #9, along with the host Town of Bristol, and sponsor Green Mountain Council, are organizing this event. The Parade will also include First Responders, antique military equipment, the 40th Army Band, school bands, and maybe a flyover from the National Guard aviation unit. At the conclusion of the parade there will be a ceremony on the Bristol town green.
For more information: www.facebook.com/BristolVTVeteransParade2014, http://bristolamericanlegion.com/ Or email Ron LaRose, Commander, American Legion Post 19 firstname.lastname@example.org. or details call e 802-453-2951.
Peter Ashworth, program director for the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, explained how the parade got started. He said that 16 years ago, a Richmond, Vt., high school history teacher, Peter Whitaker, wanted to teach the Scouts an important history lesson. He started the parade to recognize, in a colorful, joyous, and respectful manner, the important contributions that veterans make to our society. Encouraging good citizenship is a long standing cornerstone of the Scouting program.
The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America has sponsored the parade every year since.
The Town of Bristol has invited all Vermont veterans and first responders to the Nov 1 event.