Sherman and Denison will be paying tribute to the troops Saturday as both cities hold their annual Veteran’s Day parades. The events will honor the efforts of the the men and women in uniform who have served in the United States armed forces.
This year’s Sherman parade will feature a flyover by aircraft that were once stationed at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field and floats and displays by more than 25 groups and civic organizations.
This will mark the second year since organizers relaunched the Sherman parade following a more than 30-year absence. While the parade was held in the 1970s, the practice died some time in the 1980s.
“I came to Sherman in the 60s, and we had a parade then,” parade organizer and veteran Ron Engelke said in 2018. “We had parades in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Then they just kind of faded away.”
Sherman Tourism Manager Sarah McRae said she was approached by Engelke with the idea of restarting the parade. With Engelke’s help, McRae said she was able to contact other veterans groups who raised additional interest and participation in the parade.
For this year’s parade, organizers decided to schedule the event an hour earlier at 10 a.m. due to several other communities holding similar events that many groups are planning to attend. The parade route will start at the intersection of West Mulberry and North Crockett Street and the route will go east on Mulberry before turning right on Travis. The route will continue to E. Lamar before and turning on Lamar to return to Crockett Street.
Denison will hold its own parade down Main Street at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Line up will begin an hour prior on Main Street between Armstrong and Barrett.
“It is a day to honor the vets for serving our country,” organizer Gary Cox said in 2018. “It’s a consistent group that comes out. It is an enjoyable event. People like the vehicles and the floats. We always have a good variety of participants.”