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Organizers get in step for annual Fayetteville Veterans Parade

Posted November 7, 2014 2:51 p.m. EST
Updated November 7, 2014 6:28 p.m. EST

— Organizers of the annual Fayetteville Veterans Parade are making final arrangements in preparation for Saturday.

This year, special attention is being paid to veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen Joseph Anderson, Fort Bragg’s commander, who fought in Afghanistan, will be the parade’s grand marshal.

While ROTC units practiced their steps on Friday, parade Chairman George Breece said he was watching his. He’s going to need knee surgery soon, but that’s not stopping him from making sure the parade is a big success.

“I figure if the men and women that have served in Afghanistan can put their lives on the line, lose their arms and lose their legs and lose their eyesight that I could struggle with a little bit of pain,” Breece said.

The parade was started in 1998 by retired Special Forces soldier and former Fayetteville City Councilman Don Talbot.

“We started in ‘98 with, I think, 60 entries and I guess about 600 people and the next year it doubled. Now we’re estimating about 2,500 are involved in the parade,” Talbot said.