Veterans Day Parade scheduled for November 11

Published 11:47 pm Sunday, October 31, 2021

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The town of Columbus in Polk County was selected by the Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a “Regional Site for the Celebration of Veterans Day 2021”. This is a very prestigious award. The Patriots Salute to Veterans Association is both honored and proud to be able to bring this recognition to our community in support of the over 2400 veterans living in Polk County and the surrounding area.

     The Polk County Veterans Association (American Legion Post 250, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9116 and their Auxiliary Units) will be hosting the Veterans Day Parade on Thursday morning, November 11, 2021, the National Holiday.

     The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Columbus, NC and continue through downtown Columbus to the Veterans Park, where we’ll conduct our Veterans Day Ceremony beginning immediately after the parade.

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     The volunteers organizing the event have been hard at work preparing for this year’s parade and will send participation application forms to all groups that participated in previous years.

     If you have not received an application for participation and would like to be a part of this year’s parade, please contact the Parade Participation Chairman, D. Michael Collins at (864) 457-3115 or email You can also go to and click onto the Polk County Veterans Pages and print a copy of the application and waiver forms and email or mail to the Patriots Salute to Veterans Association at PO Box 654, Columbus, NC 28722.

     This year, the Parade staging area has changed. The Parade Line up will now be on Park Street (starting beside Bubbles Car Wash) with off-loading around the Gibson Park area. Once again, the parade starting time is 10:00 a.m., with line up beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Parade route will take a left onto E. Mills Street (bleachers in front of Stearns Park area for the public to view the Parade). The Parade will then turn left onto Courthouse Square (turning beside the World War 1 Doughboy statue), then turn left onto Ward Street, ending at the Veterans Park. Again, as in past years, a Veterans Day Memorial Service will be held in the Veterans Park after the Parade.

     Please plan to attend the Parade and support our local Veterans! God bless our veterans, and God bless America! 


Submitted by D. Micheal Collins