The 10th Annual Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 in downtown Poteau.
The parade participants will line up at Carl Albert State College starting at 9am and the parade will start at 10 am.
The Parade Marshal will be James R. Cheline
This year's grand marshal was born in 1925 in North Henderson, IL He was drafted into the United States Army right after graduating high school. After duty at Fort Sheridan near Chicago he was sent to Camp Wheeler in Georgia in 1944.
November of that year Cheline and 21,000 other men left New York headed for Glascow Scotland. They were unescorted, and the ship changed course every few hours to keep from being tracked by the Germans.
They were able to cross the English Channel in cattle boats and landed in Le Havre, France.
His assignment to the 8th Armored Division put him in France3 and headed to the Battle of The Bulge.
They continued with Patton until the Germans surrendered. He returned home arriving in New York on New Year's Eve 1945.
Cheline then returned home to North Henderson.
All his records were destroyed in a fire in 1973 at the National Personnel Record Center in St Louis 1973.
He married Marilyn Swanson in August 1948. After retiring from farming in 1988 Jim and Mary traveled in a motor home working at campgrounds in Bar Harbor Me and River Ranch Fla.
In 1988 they moved to Cameron.
They were married 55 years, one son, one daughter and 8 grandchildren.
Cheline resides in Cameron on his daughter’s rand his current wife Flossie Swearingen of Cameron.
Honor Help Remember
The LeFlore County Historical Society will be serving a Pancake Breakfas at the The Hotel Lowrey, Leflore County Museum in downtown Poteau before the parade
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
A free luncheon will be served at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center after the parade.