Veterans will be honored by the Air Force with a C130J plane flyover at
the start of the parade. Highlights of parade participants include:
Virginia Tech regimental band, the Highty-Tighties; VMI Pipe Band; 29th
Infantry Army Band - Virginia Army National Guard; area high school
bands; 116th Infantry Brigade Combat military vehicles; 116th Infantry
Battalion and E Company 429th Brigade Support Battalion; Virginia
Women's Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College; VFW Rolling
Tribute; and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.
"Our goal is to create an ongoing event that honors our military personnel-past and present," said Robert (Bob) Eaton, Parade Planning Committee Chair, a 22-year Army veteran. "We are thrilled with the positive response and overwhelming public support of Virginia's Veterans Parade."
ITT NightVision and the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council present the Virginia's Veterans Parade that is organized by a volunteer group of military veterans in partnership with EventZone, the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council and Downtown Roanoke, Inc. ITT NightVision, the parade's lead sponsor, has donated the funds to cover parade costs each year. Additional supporters are: Lionberger Construction, American Red Cross, Interactive Design Group, Boxley, Hughes Associates Architects, City of Roanoke, Member One Federal Credit Union and Disabled American Veterans.