Veterans parade to honor service dogs
November 6, 2019
Albany’s Veterans Day Parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River.
Founded in 1951, the 2019 edition will feature more than 200 entries, including 500-plus motorcyclists who will kick things off with a procession down the parade route, which runs north on Lyons, west on Second Avenue and south on Ferry.
The theme this year is “Bright Stars, Brave Hearts” and service dogs will be a particular emphasis.
“We’re honoring service dogs and guys who have service dogs, service dog trainers,” said Al Severson, vice president of the event.
Veterans Day 2019 buttons will be available for purchase at the reviewing stand on Second Avenue, he noted.
Roy Poppleton of Albany is this year’s Veteran of the Year. Poppleton founded the local American Legion baseball program, Severson said.
Other Distinguished Veterans, who will be honored in the parade, are: Tom Hyer of Sweet Home (see accompanying story on page 6); John McDonald, 96, of Albany, who is one of the last remaining World War II veterans who trained at Camp Adair; Ed Groves of Albany; William Clotere, a longtime parade organizer; and William Woodke of Monroe.
Severson said he wants more nominations from east Linn County. He said he’s personally aware of deserving veterans in Sweet Home, who should be honored. To nominate a veteran, contact Severson at (541) 928-7676.
Among other attractions in the parade will be a veteran of the Rosie the Riveters.
“It’s looking very good,” Severson said of the parade. “It’s really coming together.”