The Mason police department along with the Mason chapter of American Legion gear up for the annual Ingham County Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.
The parade which will begin at the Ingham County fairgrounds will proceed West around the courthouse before returning to the fairgrounds. A tradition in the community for three years, the parade has been extended every year and now features over 70 entries.
“It has gotten bigger and bigger every year— it just keeps expanding,” Mason police Sergeant Ed Hude said. “It’s a lot for just us, so police agencies in surrounding areas will be helping us as well.”
A new tradition in Mason, the parade was previously held in Lansing, but as it grew the parade moved to Mason to accommodate its size. The large parade features border patrol, veterans from WWII to present, and historic military vehicles and artifacts.
The parade is the main event of the fall for the Mason police department and planning for the event begins as early as January.
“We start planning for the next years parade in January, with one meeting a month until September when we start having one meeting a week until the November event,” American Legion commander Bob Rabb said.
This year’s event will feature a state renowned semi-truck with full sized war murals on either side in honor of the day.
“It is so detailed and absolutely breath taking when it goes by—we are very lucky to have it since it so well known,” Rabb said.
Parade coordinators expect a full turnout at the Veterans Day event where community members can gather to celebrate area veterans.
“After months of preparation,” Hude said. “ We expect it to be a very large turnout this year.”