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Cortez Veterans Day parade is Nov. 11

The color guard leads the annual Veterans Day parade down Montezuma Avenue in Cortez in 2019. (Journal file photo)
Event begins at 1 p.m. on Montezuma Avenue in Cortez; entry deadline is Nov. 7

The 2022 Montezuma County Veteran’s Parade will take place Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. on Montezuma Avenue in Cortez.

Military veterans will walk or ride in the parade, and there will be patriotic floats, color guard and marching bands, A veterans lunch will follow.

Lineup begins at noon at Montezuma Avenue and North Elm Street, and the parade will travel east. The road will be closed for the event.

The deadline for parade entry forms is Nov. 7. Return forms to The American Legion via mail or drop off at 320 N. Harrison St., Cortez, CO 81321. Fax to (970) 565-5434.

“The parade is to honor our veterans and recognize the sacrifices they made for our country,” said Parade Chairman Mike Brunk. “We always have a good turnout. This community really supports the veterans.”

The parade is sponsored by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post 75.

As part of its charter, events are nonpolitical, so organizers ask participants to not display political signs, Brunk said.

The parade also aims to provide information for veteran services in the area. There are an estimated 2,000 veterans in Montezuma County, according to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data.

For information, visit the Montezuma County Veterans Newsletter posted online at montezumacounty.org.

Veteran Tom Reed and friends Cyrstal Overson and Corena Hampton get ready to participate in the 2021 Veterans Day parade. Their float features pictures of local veterans. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)