BY TOM DALTON
---- — LYNN — The city is hosting a large Veterans Appreciation Day Parade on Sunday with hundreds of participants from around the North Shore and state and more than a dozen marching bands.
The U.S. Navy Marching Band will lead a parade made up of more than 80 organizations, including re-enactment groups from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, fife and drum groups and mounted units from every branch of the military.
Police color guards from Salem, Peabody, Marblehead and Swampscott are taking part along with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. U.S. Marine high school color guards from Beverly High and Salem High also are participating along with the Marblehead Submariners.
There will be an antique plane flyover during the parade and a demonstration by the U.S. Army Elite Parachute Unit around 4 p.m. at Keaney Park. In addition, there will be more than 20 military vehicles, including three tanks, from the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam eras.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the former West Lynn GE site on Federal Street and proceeds down Western Avenue and Chestnut Street, ending at Lynn English High School.
Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early due to traffic and road closings.
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