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Watson, Bain among grand marshals

Brentwood Home Page news reports
When the 2011 Williamson County Veterans Day Parade begins Friday morning, Brentwood Police Chief Ricky Watson and County Commissioner Tom Bain will be among the special group of veterans honored as parade grand marshals.

The parade is always a highlight of local Veterans Day observances.

The parade will consist of marching bands and ROTC units from local schools, entries from local veterans organizations, marching community leaders, entries from local organizations, 12 Grand Marshals, and thousands of marching schoolchildren learning about patriotism.

The parade's route will begin in downtown Franklin at Five Points at The Williamson County Archives. It will then proceed north up Main Street, travel around the Town Square, turn left onto Second Avenue North, and end at the Senior Citizens Park at the end of Second Avenue North.

Streets in downtown Franklin on the parade route will close to all but parade traffic at about 10 a.m.  Parade entries will assemble from Five Points south down West Main Street for approximately one mile.

The Veterans Day Parade will be preceded by a reception honoring all local veterans and the parade's Grand Marshals.  The reception takes place between 9 and 11 am at The Williamson County Archives. Brunch and live entertainment are planned.

The parking lot at the Archives will be closed to all but Grand Marshals' vehicles.

The bells of Historic Downtown Franklin will toll from 10:50 am to approximately 11:11am when the parade will start with a low-level flyover of a C-130 Hercules from the Tennessee Air National Guard.  The giant plane will fly over Main Street from north to south at 1000 feet.

The Grand Marshals of the 2011 Veterans Day Parade include:

  • Floyd Anderson of Pinewood, Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Tom Bain of Brentwood, Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Clyde Barnhill of Franklin, Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Phil Bennett of Spring Hill, Veteran of the U.S. Air Force
  • Bobby Connell of Flat Creek, Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Craig Holland of Franklin, Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Edward Hoover of Franklin, WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army
  • Clyde Lynch of College Grove, Veteran of the U.S. Navy
  • E.E. Scholes of Franklin, Major General, Retired ,U.S. Army
  • Jim Swindle, Spring Hill Fire Chief, Veteran of the U.S Army, author of Surviving Vietnam
  • Ennis Wallace, Sr. of Flat Creek, Veteran of the U.S. Navy
  • Ricky Watson, Brentwood Police Chief, Veteran of the U.S. Army

The Veterans Day Parade Committee consists of Tom Lawrence, WAKM Radio, Chairman; Monique McCullough, Public Outreach Specialist, City of Franklin, Vice-Chairman; Dr. David Snowden, Director, Franklin Special School District; Louise Lynch, Director, The Williamson County Archives & Museum, and Ken Marshall, Director, Williamson County Veteran Affairs

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