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December 6, 2009

Deering selected as holiday parade marshal

Maj. Gen. Myles Deering has been named the 2009 parade marshal for Norman's Christmas Holiday Main Street Parade.

His selection ties in with this year's theme for the parade which is "Let the bells of freedom ring with Christmas."

Parade coordinator Ed Copelin said the purpose of the parade is to honor currently serving troops and veterans.

"We don't want to forget them at Christmastime," he said.

Deering said that although he has been the parade marshal for several Veterans Day parades, this will be his first time to lead a Christmas parade.

"Norman's my home. Anytime you get to participate in the community, it makes it special," said Deering.

Norman resident Walt Knoepfli is seeking local veterans to ride in the parade. He has assembled a 14-foot trailer to accommodate any veteran wanting to participate in the holiday celebration. Those interested can call Knoepfli at 321-4804 or just arrive the morning of the event.

The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Norman High School parking lot. Parade participants will make their way east on Main Street toward Crawford Avenue.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal will take an active role in this year's parade by pulling a wagon along the route to collect canned food donations from parade observers.

This year's parade will be broadcast on Sports Talk, 1400 AM, for residents who can't get out to see the parade.

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