ContributeD by Jake Shoppa
Grandview Community Club President
This year, the Grandview Parade will honor those who served in the Vietnam War. A war which lasted approximately 20 years, from 1955 to 1975. A war that claimed the lives of 58,220 Americans, leaving many more physically and mentally scarred.
The politics of this war were then, and still are, highly debated. It is sad to say, but in many cases, the young men and women who served in this war became the focal point of the country’s dissatisfaction in the war. It was wrong then and it still is wrong today. We may not always agree on the reasons we go to war, but we should always agree that the young Americans who are sent to war deserve our respect and should be honored for their service to this country.
As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday, the Grandview Community Club is hoping to help right this wrong. To all Vietnam veterans, we have chosen you as this year’s parade Grand Marshals. This is a position in our parade that has been bestowed upon a handful of people. We have chosen you out of respect and admiration for your service to this country.
To be part of this event, simply come to the old Grandview schoolboy 10:00 a.m. on July 4, 2017. Volunteers will be there to direct you. At this location, there will be plenty of parking and the parade committee will shuttle you to the front of the parade.
We have seating for 200 veterans. In the event that more attend, those who are able will be asked to walk the parade route, which is nine blocks long. There will be a short ceremony at the front of the parade which will be administered by the Louisa County Veterans Administration, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m.
For more information, contact Grandview Community Club President Jake Shoppa at (563) 521-4561.