EATON – Miss Preble is coming home this Saturday, Sept. 23.
Preble County Heritage has planned a huge ceremony for the much anticipated homecoming of the military tank which stood for years at the front of the National Guard Armory in downtown Eaton.
The celebration will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. The parade will start on Barron Street, go south from McCabe Street, head west on Main Street, and stop at the Main Street bridge for the first dedication ceremony.
The parade will then continue west on Ohio 122 and then south on Camden Road to Miss Preble’s new home at Fort St. Clair. A second dedication ceremony will be held at Fort St. Clair.
Speakers for the two dedications include members of the Blue Star Mothers, Mayor Dave Kirsch, and Preble County Heritage representatives.
Miss Preble will be lifted by crane and placed onto a new concrete pad immediately following the parade. This process may take over an hour, so parade units will be on display for tours during this time.
There will be a lunch reception held immediately following Miss Preble’s placement at VFW Post 8066, located at 401 West Lexington Road in Eaton. There will be a live band. This is open to veterans and the public.
There will also be a fundraiser kicking off this week for Miss Preble’s historic marker. Commemorative dog tags will be available for purchase. They will cost $10 for one, or three for $25.
Contact Tina Marker at 937-545-9654 with any questions.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH