Veterans Day Parade Sunday

Veterans Day Parade Sunday Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The 2018 Veterans Day Parade in St. Cloud will march downtown for the first time.

Mayor Dave Kleis says they'll start at the library and go down West St. Germain Street and end at the River's Edge Convention Center.

"It's a more fitting location, I believe to have folks come down St. Germain."

This year is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day which started on November 11th, 1918, to make the end of World War I.

For the last 13 years the parade went from the St. Cloud VA to Apollo High school.

The parade's past organizers decided to no longer hold the parade but Mayor Kleis says the city and some local supporters saved it.

"They were going to stop that tradition but we stepped forward and said it's important that we recognize our veterans, if not all the time, practically on Veterans Day."

The city hopes by moving the event downtown more people will attend. Veterans will be by bused from the VA to the parade.

All area veterans are asked to join in the parade and be honored. Metro bus will be giving veterans free rides on Sunday.

Veterans along the parade route will be handed a special button before jumping into the parade.

The parade is at 1 p.m. on Sunday and will be about 30 minutes long.

There will be a brief program down at the convention center after the parade.


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