WELCH, W.Va. – American Legion Post 8, Welch, WV, under the leadership of Commander Phil Law, announced that he and the Veterans Day Committee have been working vigorously to prepare for the 102nd Veterans Day Parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Remembering Those Who Served.”

The parade route for this year has to be changed in order to meet the WV DHHR guidelines for parades. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health continues to respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in West Virginia. BPH is working closely with communities, state agencies, local and federal partners to monitor the ongoing risk of COVID-19 and ensure the health and protection of all individuals in West Virginia.

To help prevent spread of COVID-19 at parades, procedures should be in place to encourage proper social distancing of participants and spectators.

A recommendation provided by the WVDHHR is to consider a non-traditional parade, such as having participants line up in an area and spectators drive by, staying in their cars. In order to meet this recommendation, we will have reconsidered our line up site and parade route to provide the best protection for both spectators and participants.

It is also recommended that sponsors should discourage throwing candy or other items to spectators along the parade route. Therefore, we ask that no participants throw out candy or other items to spectators along the parade route.

Floats and ride-on units with participants should limit the number of participants to allow for proper social distancing and wear face coverings.

The parade route for this year’s parade is as follows:

Position assignment will be given out at the line up location which will be lower McDowell Street at the intersection of McDowell Street and Wyoming Street near Tug Tower bridge. All parade units will be lined up on McDowell Street in the left lane from the Flat Iron Drug Store to the American Legion Post 8 Building. Units participating in the parade will remain stationary in assigned positions.

The public (spectators) who wishes to view the parade will drive their vehicle in the open right lane up McDowell Street. Spectators are not to get out of their vehicle. We discourage participants and/or spectators from stopping or the public gathering/congregating along the parade route.

It is recommended for everyone to wear facial coverings, i.e. masks during this event.

The parade will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

All participants should be at the line up area by 9:15 a.m. Due to these newly implemented guidelines there will not be any Veterans Day program at the reviewing stand this year.

The 2020 Veterans Day Parade Line Up is as follows:

  1. VFW 1144 Iaeger will open the Parade with a 21 gun salute
  2. American Legion Post 8 Commander Phil Law
  3. Honorable Mayor of Welch Harold McBride
  4. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8 President & District 6 Vice President Mary Spence
  5. American Legion Auxiliary 6th District President Peggy Swartz
  6. Elkhorn Creek Watershed Association truck
  7. Welch Lions Club float
  8. MVHS Cheerleaders truck
  9. MVMS Cheerleaders truck
  10. MVHS Homecoming Queen and King car
  11. Sandy Blankenship float
  12. Tug River Health Clinic Van and Bear
  13. Kimball Elementary 5th Grade
  14. Welch Kiwanis Club float
  15. Pioneer Community Bank truck
  16. Harold McBride float
  17. Hummer Limousine vehicle
  18. Santa Sleigh
  19. Welch Fire Department

Antique vehicles will be parked for view on the WV Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) parking lot.

Phalanders “Phil” Law American Legion Post 8 Commander Biography:

Phalanders Filmore Law is the son of the late Millard Filmore and Helen Law. Mr. Law was born in Keystone, WV and raised in Kimball, WV.

After graduating from Kimball High School in 1963, he moved to Columbus, Ohio where he made his home. It was then on September 13, 1965, during the Vietnam Era, he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Ft. Knox, Kentucky for basic training.

Upon completion of basic training, he was then stationed in Ft. Benning, GA and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on September 12, 1967 and moved back to Kimball, WV.

Mr. Law is a member of the St. James Missionary Baptist Church on Court St. in Welch where he serves as Deacon and on the Trustee Board. Mr. Law is a Hospice Volunteer and visited both nursing homes in the area several times a week until COVID-19 wouldn’t allow him to visit anymore.

Mr. Law has worked at the former Steven’s Clinic and Doctor’s Memorial Hospitals and retired from Welch Community Hospital after 19 years of service. He also worked at the Consolidated Coal Company for 8 years.

Mr. Law has one daughter, TaTisha Law, two grandchildren, Tarran and Sierra, and two stepdaughters from his previous marriage. He now resides on Hobart St. in Welch, WV with his present wife, Mary Louise Cummings-Law and has two stepsons from this marriage.

Mr. Law is looking forward to serving as Commander of Post #8 for this period of time.

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