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VETERANS DAY PARADE: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post2689 Honor Guard members march in the 2017 Veterans Day Parade in Huntington. This year’s route will see changes due to roadconstruction on West Park Drive.
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REPLICA: This replica of the United States Constitution will be featured in a Charters of Freedom Monument that is being installed alongside the war memorials at Memorial Park in Huntington. A dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 following the Veterans Day Parade.
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LIONS CLUB: Andrews Lions Club members rode on a float during the 2017 Veterans Day parade in Huntington. The parade is one of many events taking place Veterans Day weekend in Huntington County.

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

Several activities are lined up during Veterans Day weekend for Huntington County residents to attend including races, parades, new monuments, among other celebrations.

Veterans Day 5K

Huntington’s fourth annual Veterans Day 5K will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 a.m. at Memorial Park in Huntington. The annual Veterans Day 5K/Bike Ride will raise funds for new war memorials at Memorial Park in Huntington.

“Our race is set up to raise funds to honor our military history through the building of replica memorials in the Huntington, Indiana area,” said a spokesperson with the race. “The first memorial we are raising funds for is the Iwo Jima memorial and all funds raised goes towards this goal.”

The race will start at Memorial Park and the cost per runner or bicyclist is $25. Attendees can register at runsignup.com/Race/IN/Huntington/VeteransDay5KandBikeRide. Registration ends Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

Veterans Day Parade

The 7th Annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., and due to the road construction on W. Park Drive, there will be an alternate parade route this year.

The parade route will travel west on MacGahan Street from HNHS to Flaxmill Road and then Park Hill Drive where the parade will turn south to St. Felix Drive and then south on Bartlett Street through Memorial Park.

The parade will commence at 10 a.m. and culminate at Memorial Park for an 11:00 a.m. ceremony and the unveiling of the new Charters of Freedom monument which features historic documents including the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.

The Huntington County Veterans Service Office is encouraging all veterans and patriotic citizens to place an entry into the Veterans Day Parade.

The parade staging will begin at 9 a.m. at the Huntington North High School (HNHS) west parking lot. Parade participants will enter HNHS at the MacGahan Street entrance. All entries are to check-in at the registration table and then proceed to their assigned entry number that will be marked on the pavement. It is requested that all entries display an American Flag on their entry.

To register, call the Veterans Service Office at 260-358-4863 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Charters of Freedom dedication

Replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights will be dedicated in a new setting at Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 9, in a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. immediately following the Veterans Day parade at Memorial Park in Huntington. 

“The parade will end right there at the park and then we will commence with the dedication ceremony,” Unruh said.

Mayor Brooks Fetters is excited about the opportunity to have a privately donated monument that will stand the test of time. He says the gift, which will be at no cost to the community, is an opportunity for Huntington to “pay it forward.”

“The setting will be made of brick and limestone to match our gateways,” said Fetters.

Veterans Celebration

On Sunday, Nov. 10 a Veterans Celebration will be held Solid Rock United Methodist Church. Solid Rock Church invites all veterans, active-duty military and their families, and passed veterans families to a homecoming celebration at 485 Bennett Dr in Warren.

The morning service starts at 10 a.m. and a complimentary dinner will be held at 5 p.m. followed by an “Armed Forces Tribute.” Please feel welcome to wear your military uniforms.

Pictures in military uniform along with dates and locations of service will be displayed. Drop photo and info off at Bolingers’s Propane/Warren Service Supply located at the stoplight in Warren by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Call 375-3010 with any questions.

RSVP to the event to Solid Rock Church at 260-375-3873. Walk-ins are welcome.