Entry deadlines are coming up soon for the Paducah American Hero Veterans Day Celebration, as a full day of events are planned to honor veterans.
The celebration kicks off Nov. 11 with a sunrise service at the Paducah riverfront, followed by breakfast held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center for veterans, along with their friends and family. An awards ceremony at Schroeder Expo Center is planned for 9 a.m. and will include recognizing recipients of the Distinguished Veteran and Patriot awards.
Friday is the deadline to nominate a veteran for the Distinguished Veteran Award and a non-veteran who dedicates time to serving veterans and their causes for the Patriot Award. The award ceremony also will honor winners of an annual student poster and essay contest that's organized by Daughters of the American Revolution.
The annual parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11, starting at Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza, as it will travel along Sixth Street to the expo center. Oct. 18 is the deadline to submit an entry form to participate in the parade.
Other events planned include afternoon programming for middle school and high school students and an American Hero Concert from 6-8 p.m., featuring the Community Concert Band and 101st Airborne Sustainment Brigade Army Band.
People from different organizations have met over the past few months to plan this celebration. Those organizations include WPSD Local 6, The Paducah Sun, City of Paducah, McCracken County, Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, 101st Airborne Sustainment Brigade, Milner & Orr, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, DAR and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For more information and forms, visit paducahky.gov/veterans-day-parade-awards-and-events.