Kazarosian, who was a sergeant in the Army during World War II and later served in the Navy, eventually retiring from the Navy as a senior chief, said it’s been 10 years since the Veterans Day Parade drew a large crowd. He said he promotes the event each year, but the crowds just don’t show up as they once did.
”I remember when both sides of Main Street were loaded with people,” Kazarosian said. “Now we get a crowd in Monument Square and a crowd at the Peace Monument, but not much of a crowd along the parade route.
”The country has changed and you can’t force people to come out,” Kazarosian said. “Even when the weather is good, they don’t come out. I can understand if it’s a bad day, but it’s supposed to be close to 60 degrees on Sunday, which is looking like a pretty good day.”
Presented each year by the Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4, American Legion, the parade will form at 10 a.m. in front of VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, and then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Ginty Boulevard, for a program honoring the men and woman of the military. A buffet luncheon will follow at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.
After the parade, Kazarosian will give his annual speech, which he titles his “Veteran’s Day Message.” Four divisions will take part in the Veterans Day Parade on Sunday:
The first division includes Chief Parade Marshal Kazarosian and American Legion Commander Dave DiCeglie, American Legion Color Guard, Amvets Color Guard, all veterans and the Marine Corps ROTC.
The second division will have federal, state and city officials, members of the Haverhill Police Department and honor guard, the Haverhill Fire Department, Sons of the American Legion, all auxiliaries and the Sons of Italy Drum & Bugle Corps.