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Veterans Day Parade Cancelled, New Event Scheduled

The Veterans Day Parade had to be cancelled, because of short staff. The American Legion sprung into action and created an event instead.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 6:38 PM

Don Richie is the Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Veterans Community Outreach. He tells Newswatch 12 the decision to cancel the veterans day parade was difficult.

Don Richie says "it's like where do we, where do we spend our energy? I decided that we just cannot take on a project of that magnitude and serve over 500 veterans a month."

The RVVCO helps veterans with everything from mail to getting a birth certificate. They also provide temporary housing for homeless veterans while they are in the process of getting a job.

Don says "To me it was a no brainer just to focus more on serving our veterans one on one and I in turn reached out to the veterans community as well as the Jackson County Veterans Advisory Council."

Larry Rupp The Commander for Department of Oregon Military says, "I was.... I was disappointed, I mean I can understand some of the reasoning behind it, but yes I was disappointed because it's a time for veterans to come out and show the community that we are here."

Veteran groups in Jackson County decided they couldn't have veterans day without a celebration or event.

Kirby Rider the Commander of the American Legion Post in Medford says, "There was about 20 of us that got together initially to start having the conversation about how we can make this event happen especially with such a short notice."

In under 30 days the American Legion in Medford planned a veterans day event. On November 11th at 11am at Hawthorne Park there will be vendors, foods and a speaker. Kirby is hoping to get a world war 2 veteran.

Larry says, "This is sort of like a dream come true for me because for a number of years I've been, my goal is to get all the veteran organizations to work together rather than as separate entities."

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