WATERVILLE — The city’s annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on the holiday Wednesday, starting at the American Legion off College Avenue.

Staging for the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m., heading through downtown Waterville. A brief ceremony will be held at the tank in the American Legion parking lot after the parade.

The parade is sponsored by Waterville American Legion Post 5 and has several local organizations participating, including the Waterville VFW, Fairfield American Legion, Waterville Elks and Young Explorers.

The parade traditionally includes a medley of patriotic tunes and the rumble of motorcycles ridden by military veterans. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, mothers, fathers, children, soldiers, police officers, firefighters and politicians all line up to wave flags in a colorful salute to the men and women who have served their country.

“I think in this day and age, it’s nice (to have) the community come out and support our veterans,” said Jeff Flye, who served from 1976 to 1980 with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. “This is our chance for the community to come out in person and thank our veterans. It means a lot to me.”

Anyone who wants to participate in the parade can call Flye at 649-4440 or Carl Paradis at 872-8824.

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