ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — The Enterprise Veterans Parade Committee is getting ready for the annual Veterans Parade and Tribute Ceremony Nov. 7 by accepting nominations for Veteran of the Year and Service Member of the Year
The nominees and winners will be honored at the Tribute Ceremony at the Enterprise Farmers Market following the 6 p.m. parade in which the winners will serve as grand marshals.
Anyone can nominate a Veteran or Active Service Member of the Year, including civic clubs, church organizations, military service-related organizations, and individuals. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 24.
To be eligible for Veteran of the Year, a nominee must have had a minimum of two years of active duty service in any branch of the military; must be honorably discharged; must reflect well upon military values such as selfless service, honor and integrity; must demonstrate community engagement, volunteer service and should set a positive example of exceptional character.
To be eligible for Service Member of the Year, the nominee must be currently serving in any branch of the military, including National Guard and Reserves; must reflect well upon the values of the U.S. military and promote a sense of patriotism; must also demonstrate community engagement, volunteerism and should also be of exceptional character.
Nominees for both awards must live in Enterprise, on Fort Rucker or in close proximity to either, and must currently have some connection to Enterprise/Fort Rucker-related military service and/or professional organizations and community activities.
This year marks the fourth year Enterprise has honored a Veteran and Service Member of the Year. Past honorees include Retired CW4 Bob Cooper and CW3 Jose Graulau in 2016; former SSG Sam Boswell and CWO Tammy Richmond in 2017; and Pamela Y. Smith and 1SGT Troy Bolin in 2018.
Nomination forms can be obtained from Special Projects Coordinator Kay Kirkland at the Enterprise Farmers Market; from the Mayor’s Office at City Hall or from any Parade Committee member, which includes VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith, American Legion Post 73 Commander Buddy Keen, Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2216 Commander Robert Green, and DAV Chapter 9 Commander Gerry Merrihew.
The Parade Committee members, headed this year by VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith, also encourage all veterans to attend the parade. Plans are being made to pay special tribute to those veterans riding in the parade and those in the audience as well.
All military-related organizations, civic groups, churches, businesses, and groups are encouraged to enter a car, truck, golf cart, jeep, etc., to escort a veteran or veterans in the parade. As always, businesses are asked to recognize their veteran employees in this way.
Volunteers who would like to take their time and use their own vehicles to escort a veteran or veterans in the parade would also be welcome as well. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, proper vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance.
The deadline for entering the parade is Monday, Nov. 4. Committee members said that will be a hard deadline.
A traditional wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted at the Wall of Freedom, near the entrance of the Enterprise Recreational Complex, on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
The parade entry forms and the Veteran and Service Member of the Year nomination forms will be available online on the city’s website, www.enterpriseal.gov, and the Facebook Page.