Veterans Day Parade canceled, Lynchburg group shifting focus to homeless veterans
A Veterans Day staple will not return to Lynchburg this year.
The Lynchburg Area Veterans Council announced Wednesday that it will not hold the annual Veterans Day Parade. Instead, the group said it is changing its mission to directly serve more individual vets.
The group brought the parade back to Lynchburg in 2017. At the time it had been nearly 80 years since the previous event, back in 1938.
LAVC, which is an all-volunteer organization, cited limited time and resources as reasons the organizers will not be able to put on the parade in 2019.
In a news release, LAVC noted "there are a number of homeless veterans in the Lynchburg area, and this number is likely to increase over the next two or three years as incarcerated veterans are released with no home to go to."
The group will be using its resources to address that growing need.
LAVC was established in 2014, and supports veterans in Lynchburg, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County and Campbell County.