ITHACA, N.Y. — Beginning on the banks of Six Mile Creek at North Titus Avenue and Cayuga Street, the disparate groups of the 100th annual Veterans Parade fell in line at 2 p.m. sharp Sunday, Nov. 3 and formed the procession that would wind through the city.
Spirits were high in both participants and onlookers despite the gloomy forecast. The procession marched north through downtown along Cayuga Street and turned onto West State Street at the Ithaca Commons.
The parade route terminated outside of VFW Post 961 where Chris Allinger, announcer from Q-Country radio station (WQNY 103.7 FM, Ithaca, NY), announced the participants as they completed the parade. Allinger closed the outdoor portion of the event with some words, and all were welcomed into the VFW for a hot meal, music and socializing.
After navigating through the gallery, you can find a full lineup of the day’s marching groups which has been provided by parade organizer Phyllis Hall, who confirmed that “the Military officers who appeared on stage with Allinger were Captain Anthony C Roach, USN for the (ROTC) Naval Reserve officer at Cornell University. Lieutenant Colonel Bryan D. Mundhenk, Commander of the Air Force Reserve officer training corps detachment 520, hosted by Cornell University. Lieutenant Colonel James E. Tully, Professor of Military Service for the Army ROTC program at Cornell University.”
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day (Monday, Nov. 11) a ceremony will be held in Dewitt Park.