Adding to the first responders already selected to be honored, Fayette County EMS Director Rod List will also serve as a grand marshal of the Nov. 26 downtown Washington C.H. Christmas Parade.
“Several worthy nominations were received for the position of grand marshal,” said Chamber of Commerce president Whitney Gentry. “From those nominations the committee felt that the leaders of our local peace officers and first responders were the best choice for this year, given the ‘Peace on Earth’ parade theme.”
Even though there are plenty to recognize, Gentry said she wanted to ensure that several of these brave individuals were honored to show the community’s appreciation.
The nomination submitted by a local citizen read, “By honoring the leadership of our Sheriff, Police and Fire/Rescue Departments, we honor the men and women committed to serve and protect the citizens of Fayette County. Our peace officers, fire fighters, and EMTs keep watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognizing them in this year’s Christmas Parade would demonstrate our support and appreciation of the difficult task they undertake and the enormous responsibility they shoulder.”
Additionally, Gentry said the line-up for the parade is larger than last year with plenty of church entries, business entries and a lot of cars. Downtown businesses were also asked to help spread the cheer and decorate in the theme along the parade route.
“We would like everyone to join us downtown ahead of schedule, starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be free carriage rides provided by Main Street Fayette,” Gentry said. “Residents can also visit Santa downtown at the city administration building from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It should be another great year. I know it is supposed to be cold, but we would love everyone to join us for the ‘Peace on Earth’ Christmas Parade. I think it is really exciting and fun for the business owners to get involved.”
For more information, call the Chamber office at 740-335-0761.
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