Veterans Day Parade kicks off in downtown Tulsa

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Quick Facts:

  • The Tulsa Veterans Day Parade began at 11 a.m. Friday
  • The parade is in its 98th year, with parades since 1919 
  • Organizers planned the parade on a Friday so schools could use it as a field trip and allow school bands to march
  • The theme is "Generations of Service"

Honorees are: 

The honorees this year are:  

  • William "Bill" Grisez (WW II POW 82nd Airborne, Army Air Corps) Grand Marshall, age 94
  • Gordon Coleman, (U.S. Navy Korea) Parade Chief of Staff;  
  • Mitch Reed (U.S. Army  Vietnam 2 Purple Hearts & 1 Bronze Star) Parade Commander;
  • Christina "Tina" Smith (U.S. Army Reserve Vietnam & Post Cold War era MSG Retired), Parade Adjutant.

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