BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2018) – The American Legion Veterans Day Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Village of Batavia.
Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at Baxla Tractor, 610 W. Main St., Batavia. At 1:30 p.m., a presentation will be held on the Common Pleas Courthouse steps in downtown Batavia, and feature a proclamation from Clermont County Commissioners and a patriotic medley of songs. At 2 p.m., the parade will begin at Baxla and proceed into downtown Batavia.
Bob Proud, former Clermont County commissioner, will be grand marshal of the parade. The master of ceremonies will be Ron Hartman, a 2018 inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. He is also the current commander of American Legion Post 72.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as the Great War. In 1919, the American Legion was chartered by Congress as a patriotic veterans organization. The Legion’s efforts led to the creation in 1921 of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, the forerunner of the Veterans Administration. The organization was instrumental in winning passage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, otherwise known as the “GI Bill.”
On Friday, Nov. 9, a blood drive sponsored by the Clermont Veteran Services Commission will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 101 E. Main St., in front of the County Administration Building. Please register here: www.hoxworth.org/groups/clermontveterans. And enjoy a free hotdog from Baxla Tractor!