CURWENSVILLE – The Curwensville Merchants, Joshua Earl Sipes Post No. 505, American Legion in Curwensville and local community groups have teamed up to provide a day of appreciation for area veterans on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The event will coincide with the last day of the Curwensville Merchants’ Home for the Holidays, which is being held from Nov. 7-9.
Events will kick off at 9 a.m. with breakfast for veterans at the American Legion Post No. 505 on Maxwell Street. Veterans will eat for free from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; guests age 21 and over may join them for just $5.
Reservations are needed by Oct. 31 and can be made by calling 814-236-3521.
During breakfast, veterans will receive a card from the Curwensville Merchants Association, which they may present at participating businesses to receive a small token of appreciation. The card is good throughout the day.
The Home for the Holidays parade will step off at 12 p.m., and this year, veterans and those wishing to say thank you are invited to participate.
In lieu of traditional holiday colors veterans, participants and those attending are encouraged to wear their uniforms or red, white and blue attire.
After the parade, there will be a Veterans’ Appreciation Ceremony, which will take place at the Doughboy Monument or Presbyterian Church, depending on the weather.
After the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to spend the afternoon in town, visiting merchants and enjoying the displays and entertainment.
The Curwensville Merchant members began reaching out to the community earlier this year because the annual Home for the Holidays dates were so close to Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.
Since then, several community groups have joined in the effort, including the Curwensville American Legion, Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society, local Boy and Girl Scouts and others.
For more information about the Veterans activities or Home for the Holidays, visit www.curwensvillemerchants.com or visit the Facebook page.