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Vice President Joe Biden to Attend Media’s 52nd Veterans Day Parade Friday

Hundreds are expected to march in the parade that will allow visitors to honor our military for their continued courage and sacrifice.

Media's 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade, which is the largest Veterans Day parade in the state, will be held ceremoniously on Friday, November 11, at 11:11 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will be participating in the day's ceremony, Bob Dimond, parade coordinater and Korean War veteran confirmed Friday.

Dimond said Biden's Office contacted him saying the vice president was interested in attending the parade. Coincidently, Dimond's wife, Dale, worked on Biden's orginial Senate campaign.

After several phone calls back and forth with Bidens Office, Dimond got the confirmation call Friday that Biden and his wife will be attending.

The parade will begin at State Street and Edgmont Avenue. It will stop two times for the rifle salute, and playing of "Taps" to honor fallen soldiers, at both State and Jackson Streets in front of the war memorial, as well as in front of

A ceremony will follow the parade at the County Courthouse, where the Bidens will be located, and include the singing of the National Anthem, unfurling of the American flag, and speeches by local veterans and political dignitaries.

Biden is said to arrive at the Delaware County Courthouse around 12:30 p.m. Friday. There is no parking starting at 5:30 a.m. along Veteran's Square and Front Street and no parking starting at 10 a.m. along State and parts of Orange streets.

Expected to march in the parade are several veterans groups representing all wars, Congressman Pat Meehan, and Delaware County and Media Borough Council members.

There will be a variety of music, with a dozen bands set to march, including and Strath Haven High School bands.

Dogs are not allowed at the event and there is no rain date.

Since State Street will be closed for the parade, SEPTA will provide shuttle buses on Baltimore Avenue between Orange Street and Providence Road between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Also, please be advised that White House security personnel are expected to be in the area of the County Courthouse and downtown Media this week.

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will ball November 08, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Did Biden ever stop to think that perhaps most veterans don't want him there? Biden didn't fight in any wars. Furthermore, he received five student draft deferments in the war of 1812...I mean the Vietnam war.
DannyBoy November 11, 2011 at 05:02 AM
US population is about 350 million.....lots of people didn't fight in war. Get a life dude
JEFFREY November 11, 2011 at 07:39 AM
This site is here to honor veterans and the sacrifices they and their families have made so you still have the right to freedom of speech. Not to mouth off about and show just how ignorant you are. IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM. ESpecially me.
will ball November 11, 2011 at 08:18 AM
Haha I love how both of you misinterpreted my remarks about Biden and applied them to your own agendas. And actually, the troops did fight so that we could all mouth off and show just how ignorant we are. Freedom of speech applies to every kind of speech (including those opinions whom you disagree with). Furthermore, your statement seems imply that you're threatening those who don't support our troops. I support our troops. But I don't feel the need to harass those who don't with violence (or spell my name in all caps). Your comment Jeffrey, is riddled with self-hypocrasy. Please, elaborate for me if you will. Lastly, if you re-read my comment, I wasn't criticizing our troops in any shape or form. I was simply voicing my disapproval for Biden. He has served a pointless term and his presence adds nothing to the Veterans Day parade. If anything, he distracts from it's true intent.
will ball November 11, 2011 at 08:22 AM
And for the record, I understand that not all forms of speech are protected within the constitution. So don't try and argue that point (it's common knowledge)
JEFFREY November 12, 2011 at 01:31 AM
You have the right to your opinion of course, but this Veterans site is not the place. It's a shame you did not hear Biden's speach today. I think even you would have been impressed with it. You may not approve or agree with him as a Vice President, but as the father of a veteran of the war in Afganistan and Iraq, it gave him a strong and determined commitment towards all of our veterans. I think you're angry that he did not serve in the military, but I don't see you jumping in and lend a hand to protect your own freedom, let alone our free and democratic way of life. Sounds like you're the hypocrite here. After you put on a uniform and serve your country, let's see if you knock anyone who didn't. Lastly, there wasn't one person, let alone one veteran who did not appreciate Vice President Biden appearance today and feelings for veterans. I have taken as much time as I care to engaging in dialect with you. Have a nice day and God Bless America.
will ball November 12, 2011 at 09:02 AM
For starters, this is not a "Veteran's site." It's a public forum. And perhaps you did not notice those veterans who turned their back to Biden as he spoke today. Furthermore, if you are the father of a veteran, then you of all people should realize that Biden's presence was both irrelevant and trite. Biden has no authority whatsoever to speak about such matters. In fact, there are several veterans here in Media who deserve the podium (long before Biden has the opportunity to talk). I don't have to put on a uniform because there hasn't been a war fought on American soil since, oh, I don't know... The Civil War (and that was our own damn fault). Let me put it this way. If a Wawa employee addresses a group of brain surgeons and talks about brain surgery, wouldn't you step in and stop him/her? Now you're not a brain surgeon either, but you know the person speaking does not have the proper credentials or experience. Think about it. It's not brain surgery Jeffrey.

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