Cobb and State Guard

American Legion Commander Ray Cobb, from left, Tennessee State Guard Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Byrd and Sgt. Vaughn Hankins make plans for a recruiting and information tent that will be on the Winchester Square during the 2 p.m. Nov. 10 Veterans Parade.

To add an interesting dimension to the Nov. 10 Veterans Parade in Winchester, the Tennessee State Guard will be on hand to show its support for those who have served their country.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Byrd and Sgt. Vaughn Hankins from the Tennessee State Guard visited Winchester this past weekend to overlook the parade route and find a suitable place to set up a tent to give prospective new guardsmen information while they witness the parade.

The Tennessee State Guard is an all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department and is headquartered in Nashville on Sidco Drive. The State Guard has about 250 personnel.

Guard personnel will be on hand when the parade gets underway at 2 p.m.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to take part at this year’s parade.” Byrd said. “We always look forward to getting out in the community to support veterans.”

American Legion Commander Ray Cobb said he welcomes the State Guard’s presence.

“It is a real honor to have the guardsmen come and participate in this year’s parade,” he said. “They contacted Post 44 last year shortly after the parade and asked to make sure they were notified for this year’s parade.”

So far, the parade has 12 commitments for floats to participate in the event.

There will also be five marching bands from the area and more than 100 veterans driving their vehicles behind banners representing their time of service along with local fire, police, sheriff and first responder personnel.

The parade route will begin at the old Food Lion parking lot on South College Street, proceed to the Winchester Square and turn left at the Oldham Theater and proceed on First Avenue Northwest. It will end at Vine Street in front of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.

There will be a reception for veterans and their guests at the American Legion after the parade where Bill Robinson, a prisoner of war for more than seven years, will be on hand to meet veterans and participate in photo opportunities.

To enter a float or for more information, call Cobb at 931-308-8914.

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