Ralph Hohl

Ralph Hohl, American Legion Post 44 vice commander, would like to invite everyone to this year’s parade.

The 2019 Veterans Parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 44, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in downtown Winchester.

This year’s parade is twice the size than was initially expected, according to Ray Cobb, Post 44 commander.

The parade will include 16 floats of different groups and organizations, including high school, elementary and middle school students.

“We are pleased to have the 129th National Guard Marching Band of Nashville to head up the parade,” Cobb said.

The Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Coffee County ROTC and the Veterans of Foreign Wars color guards will also be in the lineup.

Todd Boswell, a Franklin County native, will appear in the parade with his bagpipes.

The Department of Veterans Affairs from Ashland City will bring 12 of its members with antique trucks and cars.

This year’s grand marshal, Bill Robinson, the longest held enlisted prisoner of war during Vietnam, will arrive in Winchester on Friday. He will make several stops around the county, including the Military Museum in Monteagle.

City, county, state and federal officials will also appear in the parade.

The north and west side of the Winchester Square will be closed to parking beginning at 10a.m. on Sunday.

The Cowan Highway leading to the Square from the 500 block will be closed about 1:45 p.m.

This will include all cross streets leading to and from College Street and First Avenue.

The parade will begin at the old Food Lion parking lot and proceed to North Vine Street by the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.

“We are anticipating a large crowd in the downtown area to view the parade,” Winchester Police Capt. Jeff Miller said.

An open house to meet retired Capt. Bill Robinson will immediately follow the parade in the American Legion Hall on Vine Street.

All veterans who would like to drive their vehicles or motorcycles in the parade should line up at the Food Lion parking lot beginning at noon.

This year’s parade is expected to have 3,000 spectators who are being advised to come early and get a good seat.