Soldiers from the 1/214th Artillery Division located in Elbert County will be honored with a parade next Friday, February 15th.
On that Friday, troops will participate in a convoy that will be visiting each of Elbert County’s schools starting at 10:00am.
The parade will start at 1:00pm in the Granite Bowl. The route will be the annual ECCHS Homecoming parade route. Elberton Main Street Director Sissie Herring encourages everyone who can attend, to do so.
“We have not had a parade like this in many years, so take your lunch time to come and support the troops”, said Herring. “The main thing I am asking Elberton to do for this parade is to line these streets. I don’t want these troops walking through the streets and there is no body there.”
A special ceremony will follow the parade on the downtown square.
The ceremony features several speakers including Elberton City Mayor Larry Guest and Representative Tom McCall among others.
Herring says that the division is made up of several members who are not from Elbert County.
“Most of them are from the surrounding counties, but I know of one that comes from Savannah”, says Herring. “Some even come from South Carolina, and they come from great distances, so that is the reason for the timing of this parade.”
Elbert County School Superintendant Rick Higginbotham is also chipping in to help make this a great event.
“If you would like to get your children out of school for that day for the parade at 1:00pm, it will be an excused absence”, explained Herring. “I encourage everyone to get your kids, because this type of event does not happen every day.”
Of the 240 soldiers in the 1/214th, only 40 have been apart of a deployment, which means that this deployment will be the first one for 200 soldiers and their families.