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Veterans Day Team

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Location: Birmingham, Hoover, Shelby County Alabama
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Latest Activity: May 17

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Comment by Dawn Ray on May 17, 2016 at 12:30pm

8th Annual RDP Memorial Day Event

Monday, May 30th at 8:30 am (0830)
Veterans Park - Valleydale Road
Speaker - Gene
Prayer - Eddie
Solo & Song Leader - Ella Mae
Pledge & national anthem
Flowers will be layed on monument & Lcpl Rivers' paver
Feel free to invite family, friends, & aquaintances.
All participants are welcome to bring a short item to share (poem, etc)
For your comfort, bring bottled water, manual fan, umbrella, etc.
Restrooms are available.
Consider joinng others at Waffle House (Caldwell Mill Rd near Valleydale Rd) afterwards.
Comment by Dawn Ray on February 15, 2016 at 10:03am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Nadine Forrester, the WWII nurse (& wife of a disabled veteran), who participated as an honoree in our contingent of the Veterans Day Parade for several years.  Mrs. Nadine, the gracious southern lady that she was, departed this earth on February 10th to join her husband, recently departed sister, & others in the place of perpetual sonshine.  She referred to redbirds as "God's messengers" & many have unusually & continually appeared, giving great comfort to her daughter.

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 9, 2015 at 8:31pm

From Parade Organizer, Col. Sample:

Here is some information for you:
0730 - Parade operations center set
0800 -  parade marshals report
1000  - 50 Flag bearers draw flags -
(Cub Scouts) Flags/holsters 135th ESC)
1000 -  Police begin closing off the
parade route
1000 - 1230 Parade lineup in assembly area.
(NOTE: Parade
numbers attached to the first person on the right side of the formation for
vehicles place on passenger side on windshield)
Peace Luncheon  @1130 -

Remember, parking is not allowed under the interstate so please plan
accordingly. I am attaching the parade route and assembly areas. Horses will be
able to park in the vacant lot behind the VFW. The rest of that area will be for
the Marion Military Academy buses and the Lyman Ward Military Academy buses.
Please take note of the parade route changes due to construction. I will have
parade marshals along the route and in the assembly areas to assist in the
lineup. They will be Soldiers (with reflective belts) and some volunteers from
the community.

I ask for everyone to please remember to go 2 x 2 in
vehicles and to be watchful as you go along the route. Please do not do
performances until you reach the reviewing stand. Bands will have 90 secs to
perform. No candy or any items may be thrown from vehicles. If you have items to give, you may have a marcher close to the curb to hand them out

Comment by Guy M. Carter on November 9, 2015 at 5:34pm

Didn't know if you had this or if it was revelant?

Guy Carter, Specialist 4 172nd Arctic Infantry Brigade

Ft. Richardson, Alaska ETS 1976

Comment by Guy M. Carter on November 9, 2015 at 5:16pm

Those are from 2 years ago. The ones from last year obviously say his Radio Show name as well?

Comment by Guy M. Carter on November 9, 2015 at 5:15pm

Michael Hart only has white signs that say WYDE 101.1. He thinks Dawn Ray gathered them last year & has them? I don't remember getting them, just mine.

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 9, 2015 at 5:09pm

Friends, have accomplished today:

1. Completed gathering up all vet info.

2. Submitted vet info to printer for vehicle signs

3. Resubmitted forms to parade organizer due to switchout of 3 vehicles & firm list of vet participants.

4. Learned that the VFW Resturant open T-Sat beginning at 4 pm.

ANY INFORMATION THAT IS RECEIVED FROM PARADE ORGANIZERS WILL BE PASSED ON. Dawn & others will arrive at VFW at 9:30-9:45 to decorate vehicles. 4 vehicles participating.  


Comment by Rainy Day Patriots on November 4, 2015 at 8:59pm

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 4, 2015 at 4:23pm

Friends: RDP Organizer plans to arrive at 9:30.  Please try to arrive as close to that time as possible for decorating purposes.  At some point (would assume no later than 12:30) the streets will be closed.  If you are in the parade, especially an honoree, they will usually let you through later than that if request. If you choose not to bring lunch, they sell food & drinks at the VFW, which is where we meet up & have restroom facilities there as well.  For vehicles not in the parade, we park vehicles in their fenced in parking lot.  As in the past, if you would like to carpool to the parade staging from Hoover Tactical, please contact Dawn.

Comment by Dawn Ray on November 4, 2015 at 4:13pm

From Parade Organizer today:

I will be sending out the parade line up not later than Thursday (I have TDY Fri-Sun). As of today, we have 3, 410 marchers, 44 horses, and 258 vehicles (includes motorcycles).

If everyone remembers from last year, we do not have a lot of room to stage or along the parade route. My marshals will need your assistance in making sure we have enough room in the staging. Please stay as tight as you can. Cars and motorcycles must travel 2 by 2.

As a reminder, parking is not available under the interstate and not allowed in the Uptown parking lots. The area in the 10th and 11th Avenue is for the horse parking and the Military Schools (Marion and Lyman). This area is where my operations tent will be set up if you need any assistance.

The Red Cross will be providing some refreshments and port-a-lets will be placed along the staging area. In case of an emergency, please locate a parade marshal. All my Soldiers that are assisting in the marshal duties will be in uniform and have a reflective belt.

Due to some construction, the route will have a few more turns than last year. The start and end point have not changed.

Please begin arriving at your designated assembly area between 1000hrs and 1230 hrs.  That will allow time to get everyone in line. Be sure to bring a lunch and plenty of water for your entries.



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