55 Scouts to be exact! Veterans are relying on Scouts to carry state flags in honor of them on this special day of recognition and they need your help

The Veteran’s Day Parade is Monday, November 12, 2018

RECRUITING SCOUT FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS STATE FLAG FORMATION: The Greater Alabama Council is recruiting approximately 55 Boy Scouts as Veterans Day parade state flag carriers prestigiously positioned third from the front of the parade formation and leading the Scout contingent. If your troop as a whole or individual boy scouts desire to be flag carriers, please plan on being at the parade assembly area (North end of the City of Birmingham not yet determined) by 12:30 PM in full and correct uniform Monday, November 12th. We will also need eight Scout leaders in uniform to guide the flag formation and ensure safety. Flag carriers and formation leaders are requested to please email the GAC point of contact for the flag formation, Rick DeFilippo, (205) 823-3000 or rick.defilippo@yahoo.com. In your email, please use subject line (all capital letters): “SCOUT VETERANS DAY FLAG FORMATION.”

The Birmingham Veterans Day Parade is a great opportunity to create lifelong Scouting memories by demonstrating our patriotism and love for flag and country in the nation’s largest and oldest Veterans Day parade, started in 1947. Scout Troops and Packs are invited to participate in the parade. The Greater Alabama Counsel encourages maximum participation to retain GAC’s formation at the lead of the parade as state flag carriers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PARADE DATE & STEP-OFF TIME: Monday, November 12th starting at 1:30 PM. Flag carriers and scouts are requested to start forming at the scout location (TBD) by 12:45 PM in order to obtain flags and organize the formation; step-off time at 1:30 PM.

PARADE LENGTH & DURATION: Approximately a 1.5-mile slow walk route. The scout formation starts at the beginning of the parade at 1:30 PM and should complete the route by approximately 2:30 PM. The entire parade will finish the route at approximately 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION: Do not register with the parade. The Greater Alabama Counsel will register on behalf of all scouts.

ASSEMBLY: Assemble area will not be the same as previous years due to city construction. When the assembly area is released a supplemental notice will follow.

IMPORTANT PARADE PARTICIPANT POLICY ENFORCEMENT: For several years now the Veterans Day parade organizers have had a policy prohibiting family members from marching/walking in the parade with their affiliated organizations. This policy in response to the parade growing in size to a point where the march lasts upwards of 5-hours. Starting this year only the following GAC members may march/walk in the Veterans Day parade. Families will be encouraged to sit at the sidelines enjoying the parade as spectators. GAC recommendation for families being that after the Scout contingent begins the march, that parents and siblings assemble at the parade end which is expected as in previous years to be close to the parade start in order to easily rejoin their scout as the scout formation reaches the parade route end.

Authorized parade GAC participants: All Troop and Pack leaders and scouts in uniform are encouraged to participate. Packs are authorized to participate in the parade with a vehicle towing a float if they do not desire to walk. The float must be decorated in a patriotic/veteran theme that reflects positively on BSA and GAC. For safety, the float must provide seating within the platform (no sitting on the sides with feet hanging off the float) and adult leader supervision. Floats will be staged at the back of the Scout formation. Please direct any questions to the GAC parade coordinator Rick DeFilippo, (205) 823-3000 or rick.defilippo@yahoo.com. In your email, please use subject line (all capital letters): “SCOUT VETERANS DAY PARADE FLOAT”

UNIT FLAGS ONLY: The flag formation will be followed by troops and then packs. Since the American flag and Alabama flag will be included in the leading Scout formation, please ONLY march with your unit flag.

WATER: Water will be available onsite. There will be a small amount of downtime as the Scouting contingent joins the larger parade. Be prepared with snacks, games, or other activities to keep Scouts occupied.

UNIFORM: The Scout uniform is the only proper attire for those participating in the Veterans Day parade. Marching with backpacks, coolers, etc. is prohibited.

NO CANDY, BEADS, ETC: No one may throw candy, beads or any other item during the parade.

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