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Tulsa's Veterans Day Parade Is Friday Morning

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Picture of World War II vet and parade grand marshal Gerald Holland Picture of World War II vet and parade grand marshal Gerald Holland
Picture of Rebecca Willemstein, who served in Afghanistan. Picture of Rebecca Willemstein, who served in Afghanistan.
Map of this year's parade route in downtown Tulsa. Map of this year's parade route in downtown Tulsa.
Picture of the Veterans Day parade in 2010. [file photo] Picture of the Veterans Day parade in 2010. [file photo]

The firing of a Revolutionary War cannon will start this year's Veterans Day parade in downtown Tulsa Friday morning.

The 3 pounder cannon along with a flyover will mark the start of the parade at 11 a.m.   The cannon will be set up on the Williams Green area and this will be the first time, the parade has been started by cannon fire.

 A number of downtown churches will also ring their bells and chimes at about the same time.

This year's parade like last year features a number of veteran groups, school ROTC groups, high school bands and police and fire departments.

The honorees this year include parade grand marshals Gerald Holland and Rebecca Willemstein. Holland who is 92 is a veteran of World War II. Wilemstein, 21, is an Airman First Class with the US Air Force. She most recently served with the Air Force in Afghanistan.

The theme for this year's parade is "Let Freedom Ring."


Veterans Parade line up

  • HQ Division Commander Jerry Lakey
  • JROTC Combined Service Color Guard
  • Memorial High School Band
  • American Legion Post 1 Firing Squad
  • Parade Grand Marshalls
  • - Gerald Holland
  • - A1C Rebecca Willemstein
  • Parade Chiefs of Staff
  • - Sgt. 1st Class Logan Boatfield
  • - Sgt. Michael Mahaffey
  • Parade Commander – Wang Meng Vang
  • Parade Adjutants
  • - William "Donnie" Akehurst
  • - Dustin R. Akehurst
  • WWII Veterans
  • 486th Civil Affairs Battalion
  • Scottish Bag Pipers
  • Royal British OK Detachment
  • Last Man's Club Pearl Harbor Survivors
  • Memorial HS JROTC
  • Gold Star Mothers
  • Blind Veterans
  • East Central JROTC
  • East Central HS Band
  • Oklahoma Military Historical Association
  • Oklahoma Motor Pool
  • 1st Division Commander Rick Alfaro
  • American Legion Riders - Post 1
  • American Legion Post 1 Officers
  • American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary Officers
  • Oklahoma Chapter 1 Blue Star Mothers
  • DAV Chapter 32
  • Vietnam Veterans 524
  • Tulsa Central JROTC
  • Tulsa HS Band
  • Floral Haven
  • Humana
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • QuikTrip
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Post 1 DuceN-Half
  • 2nd Division Commander Ken McCreary
  • VFW Post 577 Officers
  • VFW Post 577 Auxiliary Officers
  • ROC Veterans Assoc. of Oklahoma
  • Creek Nation Veterans
  • Military Officers Assoc. of America (MOAA)
  • Muscokee (Creek) Nation Honor Guard
  • American Veterans Honor Guard
  • Hmong-Lao Veterans of US Secret Army
  • Vietnam Veterans 216
  • TWU Local 514 Veterans Committee
  • Webster HS Band
  • US Army
  • Will Rogers JROTC
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Veterans Military Employee Resource
  • Group of American Airlines
  • Jenks JROTC
  • Chick-Fil-A Tulsa Hills
  • UAW Local 952 Veterans Committee
  • 3rd Division Commander Amon Deere
  • VFW Post 1327 Glenpool Officers
  • The American Revolution Daughters & Sons Float
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Thomas Edison JROTC
  • Thomas Edison HS Band
  • Tulsa Public Schools Float
  • TPS Veterans
  • Truck of Honor
  • McLain JROTC
  • McLain HS Band
  • Tulsa County Veterans Treatment Court
  • NEO Miata Club
  • American Red Cross
  • GI Wishes/A Pet for a Vet Foundation
  • Police Swat Team
  • Combat Vets Association
  • 4th Division Commander J.D. Smith
  • Charles Page HS Band
  • American Legion Post 17 Officers, Sand Springs
  • American Legion Post 17
  • Auxiliary Officers
  • American Legion Post 1 7
  • Poppy Princess
  • Art Ambassadors Mark Twain
  • Elementary School Float
  • Nathan Hale JROTC
  • Nathan Hale HS Band
  • Silver Beavers Tulsa Air National
  • Guard Retirees Float
  • Tulsa Bible Homeschool Fellowship
  • Cub Scouts Pack 156
  • Oklahoma Honor Flights
  • Booker T. Washington JROTC
  • Booker T. Washington HS Band
  • Kiwanis Club of Tulsa
  • 5th Division Commander Marty McKnight
  • Sapulpa JROTC Color Guard
  • Marines in World War II 1944
  • The Chosin Few
  • Thomas A. Blair Detachment Young Marines
  • Marine Corp League
  • Bixby JROTC
  • Bixby HS Band
  • OK #1 Sooner Chapter (Women Marines)
  • Anti Tank Training Co Broken Arrow
  • Union JROTC
  • Leatherneck Bike Group
  • Tulsa Firefighters Local 176
  • Tulsa Fire Fighters Educational Clowns
  • Tulsa Fire Department
  • Tulsa Police Department
  • Tulsa Police Department, Special Events
  • Tulsa Police Auxiliary Escort
  • Akdar Shriners
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