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November 1, 2012

Christmas Parade to have military theme

Somerset —  

With the turn of the calendar page to November, that means the holiday season is almost upon us. A time to gather family close and celebrate the spirit of togetherness.
For some, that means worrying about loved ones who are serving in the military overseas. For those folks, there’s no greater feeling than when their soldier gets to come home just in time for these seasonal festivities.
That’s the idea local organizers had in mind when choosing this year’s theme for the always-beloved downtown Christmas Parade — “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (A Tribute to the Troops).”
This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, December 1.
Bobby Clue, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, credited the cooperative efforts of a multi-faceted planning committee consisting of the Chamber, Downtown Somerset Development Corporation, Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pulaski County Fiscal Court and the City of Somerset with helping make the idea a reality.
“We all have a combined vision of working together to have a Christmas extravaganza,” said Clue. “It started last year when we decided to put the Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony together.
“Everybody on the committee thought that a tribute to the troops was a very fitting theme,” he added. “This town supports the military in a great way.”
As such, Clue is hopeful that those who enter floats into the parade will get into the spirit of things and adopt some kind of reference to the military notion.
“It’s open for interpretation,” he said. “Everybody has their own idea of what that will mean.
“The local ROTC units will play a bigger part and be more visible than in years past,” he continued. “Hopefully, the floats will have a lot of stars and stripes.”

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