Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday. It is observed annually on November 11 and honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. World War I was formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day, but the holiday in the United States was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. The formal end of WWI is celebrated in other countries where it is known by names such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
2017 Veterans Day Parade
Last year's parade was a great success. The parade route was primarily on Calhoun Street. The following units were in the 2017 parade:
|Police Department Honor Guard|
Grand Marshall - Tom Story
Mayor Lisa Sulka
Lowcountry Radio Group
Built Right Homes
Easy to Own Furnishings
Foskey Heating and Air
|Trail Life USA|
Boy Scout Troop 241
Boy Scout Troop 212
Bluffton High School Band
Fire Department Honor Guard
Parris Island Alumni
Erich and Jeep
Haven Veterans and Patriot Group
Dennis J. Becker Post 205 Auxiliary Float
Dennis J. Becker Post 205 Float
Bluffton Fire Department
Here are some pictures from last year's parade:
Each year prior to 2015 on Veterans Day, November 11, Post 205 participated in the county-organized parade in Beaufort. In 2015 we decided, because we are a Bluffton post, that we intend to honor future military and veteran events in Bluffton. Our first opportunity to do so resulted in a very successful parade on November 11, 2015 in Bluffton. We received full cooperation from the Bluffton Police and Fire Departments and the political and administrative leadership of the town. We enjoy their complete support for this year's parade and expect that support in the future.
Effective for the 2018 parade and beyond, the Town of Bluffton has graciously agreed that the parade will be in the name of the Town of Bluffton and sponsored by American Legion Post 205.
The flyer for this year's parade is attached.
Planning and preparation for the 2018 parade is already underway, and we are soliciting units to participate. We will consider any group; we only ask that it pertain to veterans, be military-related, or be patriotic. If you are at all interested in participating, please contact our parade coordinator, Mike Miranda, 843-304-1514, email@example.com. If you are ready to enter, fill out the entry form and mail it to the address shown on the bottom of the form.
Click here for a map of the parade route. If spectator participation grows as expected, we will be extending the parade route in the future.