The Leesville Military Parade is coming to town.

This parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 on North 3rd St.

The Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee has been hard at work setting up the upcoming parade.

The parade will be a way to honor and welcome back soldiers from deployment by allowing the surrounding community of Leesville to show how much they care.

“Vernon Parish has made a name for ourselves as being the best hometown in the army,” Chamber Executive Director Anne Causey said. “This is our chance to prove that to our troops,”

The parade will see 1,300 soldiers making their way down North 3rd St., representing all units of Fort Polk.

The parade will be led by General Patrick Frank, and will see each battalion with their own vehicle that represents their duty within the armed forces.

The parade will lead the soldiers to the VFW on South 3rd St. where they will be greeted with a prepared lunch and a special treat from Bailey’s Bakery in the form of a large scale American Flag assembly made up of cupcakes for each soldier.

While the soldiers enjoy lunch at the VFW, parade attendees will be able to make their way to the 3rd Street Market where food, drinks and entertainment will be available until 2 p.m.

All of Leesville is helping in the event, donating and providing services to welcome the troops home.

Water will be donated by the American Legion, Southwest Beverage and Aquasprings, while the soldiers’ lunch will be prepared by the Leesville Lions Club, Leesville Sheriff’s Office and the DeRidder Police Department.

Barksdale Federal Credit Union will be passing around flags for attendees to wave during the parade, while David Haymon State Farm will be passing around fans in preparation for the summer heat.

The Vernon Parish Police Jury will also be helping set up chairs and tables at the Third Street Market.

Louisiana Lt. Governor William Nungesser and guests will be in attendance in front of the Historical Courthouse. Rick Barnacle of KVVP will be acting as M.C. during the event.

“But the biggest thing is, that the crowds will be able to shake their hands and say thank you,” Causey said. “That’s what this community is all about, loving our military and our soldiers at Fort Polk.”