Grab your bicycles, wagons, golf carts, sneakers, whatever your mode of transport, and meet your friends in Lafayette Park between 6 and 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 3. 

Franklin’s Promise Coalition will provide streamers and balloons for everyone to decorate. Placards will be available for participants to display the name of their honored veteran. 

For the 14th annual parade, the community will honor Charles Wilson as the Parade Grand Marshall. Wilson is among those distinguished military veterans who will be commended for their service, not just to our great country, but to our local community as well.

Wilson’s service began with the U. S. Army in 1966. He served a tour in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 as a combat engineer demolitions expert. His main mission was to destroy tunnels in the Iron triangle. 

Upon returning to Apalachicola, he founded the Franklin County Veterans Association which holds an annual cook-out for all Franklin County veterans and their families. His service to Franklin County continues today where Wilson serves as post commander at the Willoughby Mark American Legion Post 106. In addition to his volunteer work, Wilson is a highly regarded charter captain, who enjoys sharing his love of the local area with visitors and locals alike. 

If you want to watch the parade, the procession will travel down Avenue D, go under the bridge at Battery Park and proceed down Water Street to Riverfront Park for the Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. and the fireworks to follow at dusk. 

The parade is organized by Franklin’s Promise Coalition and the crew of the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast. Any questions, call Joe Taylor, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, at 850-323-0176.