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Strike up the band: Veterans parade back on

8/19/2015

ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans 2015 parade that was previously cancelled is back on. The parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. 

A decade-long tradition in Anthem, the parade honors the service of veterans far and near. The 2015 parade was originally cancelled after organizer Mary Ann Derryberry, who had been running the parade since its inception, announced plans to step down for family reasons. At that time, no one had stepped up to take on the role of parade organizer. Derryberry sent an email to sponsors in July noting that for several years the parade team had been looking for help and no one had taken on the role. After that email was sent, Lance Sherwood contacted Daisy Mountain Veterans with an offer of help for the organization of the event. The parade is now back on; Derryberry and other long-time volunteers will help the new volunteers in their roles.

A meeting was held on Saturday, Aug. 15 to discuss what needs to be done to fast-track the parade organization since the planning is starting late this year. Most of the day-of-the-parade volunteers are set to go. The parade team is working on funding and co-chairs for parade committees.

Many of the previous parade participants are available to be in the 2015 parade.

“I think we can get enough together to have a really nice parade,” Mary Ann Derryberry said in the Aug. 15 meeting.

“It’s just about getting the word out to the community,” Lance Sherwood noted in the meeting.

If you are interested in helping with the parade or would like to sponsor the parade, go online to www.daisymtnvets.org.