JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - This year's Veterans Day parade and activities in Jonesboro will be delayed until Nov. 13 to honor National Guard soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Veterans Day is officially celebrated Nov. 11.
Soldiers with the 875th Engineer Battalion's 1037 Route Clearance Company have spent nearly a year in Afghanistan where they searched for and destroyed roadside bombs.
Commander Capt. Brian Mason told The Jonesboro Sun the soldiers are expected to arrive in Jonesboro between Nov. 5 and Nov. 8. He says he asked that Veterans Day activities be postponed until Nov. 13 to be sure all the soldiers are home and can participate.
The activities will include a ceremony at the Craighead County Veterans Monument at the Craighead County Courthouse.