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American Legion hosts 'Welcome Home' parade

By Mark Boehler

Daily Corinthian

The postposed Corinth - Alcorn County Veteran's Day Parade from last year now has a new theme and date.

The "Welcome Home"� Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15. It's celebration will include the return of Corinth D Co. 106th BSB of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team after being deployed overseas for a year and the 100th national birthday of the American Legion.

"We are making a plea to the public,"� said Bobby McDaniel, spokesperson for American Legion Post 6. "Anyone who planned to be in the Veteran's Day Parade is invited to be a part of the Welcome Home Parade."�

This year being an election year in Alcorn County and across the state, McDaniel encouraged anyone seeking public office to be a part of the Welcome Home Parade.

Parade lineup begins an hour before the start of the parade at First Baptist Church on Fillmore Street and the parade route follows the same route as the Corinth - Alcorn County Christmas Parade down Fillmore.

Project Package founder Rickey Pope will serve as grand marshal and be the keynote speaker at a brief ceremony following the parade at the Alcorn County Courthouse.

Also speaking will be American Legion Post 6 Commander Chris Grimes.

There will be special seating available for veterans and their families at the ceremony, said McDaniel.

The parade was first scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12, but rainy weather cancelled the event.

McDaniel said an alternate date for the parade was hard to find, especially during the holidays.

The American Legion selected Pope as grand marshal for his work with Project Package, which has sent about 100,000 care packages to deployed and active military since it began in 2006.

The program sends a package of goodies, including snacks and toiletries.

It's costs $10 to mail each package, and Pope's brainchild comes up with funds to pay for the postage.

The Veteran's Day Parade � usually held on Nov. 11 � is a longstanding tradition for the American Legion Post #6.

"We encourage people to come out to the parade,"� said McDaniel. "We will honor veterans, celebrate our soldiers upon their return and pay tribute to an organization which is dedicated to helping veterans - the American Legion."�

(For more information contact Bobby McDaniel at 662-415-6475.)