Parade honors local veterans

Skye Kinkade
Weed Rotarian and Veterans Parade coordinator Sheryl Wilson gets a hug of thanks from Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey and Veterans Affairs Officer Tim Grenvik at the conclusion of Sunday’s event. Wilson said she hopes the parade will grow in size and become a well attended annual event. Photo by Skye Kinkade

Organizers of Sunday’s Veterans Parade in Weed hope the idea will gain momentum and that next year’s event will be bigger and better attended.

“It has always been my dream to honor veterans with a parade,” said Weed Rotarian and parade coordinator Sheryl Wilson. She thanked all veterans, past and present, for their honor, courage and commitment during an awards ceremony held after the parade at Abner Weed Plaza.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them,” said Wilson, quoting John F. Kennedy and urging those gathered to take time to recognize veterans. She then asked vets in attendance to raise their hands when she called out their branch of the military so they could be recognized with a round of applause.

Taking first place in the parade’s vehicle category was Sheriff Jon Lopey, USMC Sergeant and Colonel (US Army, retired) in the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department’s humvee. Best of Show went to the Marine Corp League, who led the parade and presented the colors.

WWII veteran Harold Barnum was selected as the parade’s Grand Marshal. He was born and raised in Weed, and served as police chief in both Weed and Mount Shasta, where he currently makes his home.

Barnum enlisted in the Navy on his 17th birthday in Klamath Falls, Ore. Barnum was a Petty Officer 3rd Class Aviation Mechanic, and served in the Navy from 1944 until the war was over.

“It was a real honor when Tony (Ginnochio) called me and asked me to do it,” said Barnum, who was accompanied in the parade by his daughter, Marla Garrett.

Other parade entries included the Veteran’s Affairs healthcare shuttle; Mt. Shasta Ambulance; Purple Heart recipient Tony Ginnochio and Robert Ballesteros of the Marine Corps League, driving a military vehicle.

Parade winners were selected by a panel of three judges: John Canada, maintenance director at Shasta View Nursing Center; Rotarian Kathi Burkell; and US Army veteran Craig Thomsson.

Emceeing the parade was Supervisor Michael Kobseff.

College of the Siskiyous student Andrea Sandoval sang the National Anthem at the awards ceremony.

Wilson thanked all who came together to make the parade possible and said it is her goal to make it an annual event.