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Welch's 96th Annual Veterans Day Parade

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WELCH, WV (WVVA) Thousands of people line the streets of downtown Welch to celebrate the sacrifices and service of our military veterans and active service personnel. 

The annual Veterans Day Parade is one of the longest-running celebrations of its type in the country. It started 96 years on Armistice Day to commemorate the ceasefire agreement on the Western Front of WWI, which occurred at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. 

The first Armistice Day was held on November 11, 1919. It was proclaimed by then U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It became a legal holiday in 1938. Then in 1954 the name was officially changed to Veterans Day. 

Every Veterans Day in Welch, trophies are given out for Best Float in the Parade, Best Civic Group, Best Youth Group, and Best Antique Car. After the parade, there is an Open House at the American Legion Post Home on Lower McDowell Street 

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