2017-11-10 / Business

City of Columbia holds 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Contributed by City of Columbia

The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade Friday, November 10.

The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.

This year’s grand marshal will be retired Col. Jack Van Loan. Van Loan was a Vietnam War Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down during his 74th combat mission and spent six years as a prisoner of war in Nor th Vietnam before he was released in 1973.

The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the City of Columbia, AARP, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.



Col. Jack Van Loan sits in front of the statue that honors him. Van Loan loves his two jobs: a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and then as executive director of the Five Points Association for 20 years. On Veterans Day in 2016 politicians, fellow POWs, and the community gathered to pay tribute to Van Loan in the Five Points Centennial Plaza. The plaza featured a statue of Van Loan based on a photo taken moments after he was released from a POW prison in Vietnam. Col. Jack Van Loan sits in front of the statue that honors him. Van Loan loves his two jobs: a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and then as executive director of the Five Points Association for 20 years. On Veterans Day in 2016 politicians, fellow POWs, and the community gathered to pay tribute to Van Loan in the Five Points Centennial Plaza. The plaza featured a statue of Van Loan based on a photo taken moments after he was released from a POW prison in Vietnam.

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