Less than two decades ago, Linda Eldridge attended a Veterans Day parade in Reno, Nevada, and wondered why we didn’t have one back home in Gillette. It was such a touching moment for her and her group that she came home and went to work to put one together for the following year.
Now, 17 years later, she and parade committee are finalizing the last-minutes details for this years’ Veterans Day parade on Wednesday.
The committee is a mixture of dedicated spouses and family of veterans and non-veterans who just appreciate being party to a worthy cause.
“We believe the parade is an important event to let our veterans know how much they are appreciated by the community and to be able to thank them for their service and sacrifice on their day,” she said, noting that they are a non-profit group who occasionally ask for donations to enable their committee to advertise, print posters as well as other expenses they might incur to make the parade happen.
Though she took a brief hiatus from the committee some years back, Eldridge is once again at the helm with her loyal gang of volunteers, including two of her sons.
Everyone is welcome to participate and attend the parade, she said.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday on the corner of 2nd Street and 4-J Avenue, then proceeding along 2nd to conclude at the intersection of Osborne Avenue.
For questions, contact Eldridge at (307) 682-2751 or (307) 680-8341 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.