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Big day ahead for Richard Overton, other veterans

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

On 11/11, 111-year-old East Austin resident and oldest living U.S. veteran Richard Overton will serve as the grand marshal at this year’s Austin Veterans Day Parade. The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday honored Overton in a unanimous resolution proclaiming this Saturday as the official day to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. As usual, at 9:30 a.m., the parade will march up Congress Avenue from Lady Bird Lake to the Capitol. There’s no word on whether Overton, who is older than Veterans Day itself, will ride on a float or watch it all from the review stand at Seventh Street. Jim Darwin, the chair of the parade committee, told the court that other guests include six other World War II veterans who will be feted with the French Legion of Honor by Alexis Andres, the consul general of France in Houston.

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