Thanks to a few dedicated Norton residents, the local Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for this Friday.
The Norton Republican Town Committee, as part of its community service commitment, has collected $420 in donations from the public which was given to the Norton Veterans Council to help defray some of the parade expenses.
“The Norton Republican Town Committee respects and loves town veterans. We want to pay homage to them,” said committee chairman Michael Smith.
This is the second year the Norton Republican Town Committee has collected donations for the Veterans as one of their community mission projects. They also collected money in 2009. They hope to do this every non-election year so that the town does not have to.
“We have a saying. Don’t wait for the government. Do it yourself,” Smith said. “The state is in a real fiscal mess. The town can’t afford to pay for the parade. It had to pay for other things.”
Ten members helped with the fundraiser, manning tables at , and .
“The Norton Republican Town Committee would like to thank all the Norton residents who supported the parade, as well as Roche Brothers, Aubuchon, and Walgreens for giving us space and time in front of their businesses to run the fundraisers,” Smith said.
It is not too late to help. To donate money for the parade before Friday, call Ed Brault, 508-285-5653.
The parade will begin 10 a.m. Friday, starting from Box Shop Curve Cemetery to Pine Street Cemetery and then back to the Norton Common.
“The Norton Republican Town Committee is happy to salute the Veterans that have served with honor,” Smith said.
The committee promotes republican candidates and strives to help the community in such ways as this. There are 20 members of the Norton Republican Town Committee and 24 associate members. You must be a registered republican to become a full member. For more information on membership, contact Michael Smith, 508-285-6597.
To see a photo gallery of last year's parade, visit our Facebook page.