High school bands and military personnel are among the thousands of people who are expected to honor veterans Tuesday during the 2014 Veterans Day Parade downtown.
“Patriotism is more than just a word,” said parade organizer Martin Agee III, president of the Tarrant County Veterans Council.
About 8,000 participants will put their patriotism on display during the annual event, which steps off from LaGrave Field at 10:30 a.m. Participants will march along Main Street. There will also be a ceremony at Sundance Plaza, Agee said.
The annual event is organized by the council, chartered in 1971. Fort Worth was officially designated a regional site for the observance of the holiday by the Veterans Affairs Department. Agee said the designation resulted from the city’s commitment to veterans and history.
Members of seven area high school bands will perform in the parade. Marchers will include more than 3,000 students in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Military personnel from all branches will take part in the parade, Agee said. There will also be antique cars and floats.
Agee said streets will likely be closed by 10 a.m. so people should plan to arrive before then.
The parade kicks off even as the region braces for chilly weather.
“With the weather being cold, we are recommending that people come bundled up,” he said.
The city helps make the parade a success, Agee said. Naval Air Station Fort Worth, the Fort Worth school district, the Tarrant County Commissioners Court and Sundance Square also help make the event possible.