Local veterans honored in ramp-up to parade activities


November 10, 2021

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Al Severson announces a past Veterans Parade, something he's done for some 50 years. He's been named a Distinguished Veteran for this year's celebration.

Former Sweet Home resident Al Severson is one of three Distinguished Veterans named by the organizing committee of the Albany Veterans Day Parade.

Other honorees this year are Veteran of the Year Larry Sayles, Grand Marshal Dave Russell, and Distinguished Veterans Robert Bronson and Bill Clotere. All are Albany-area residents.

Sayles, 63, is junior vice-commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 584 in Albany, where, he said, he stays busy helping out in a wide variety of ways.

For the past three years, he has led the post's memorial flags program, in which members place close to 1,...

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