"We are hoping to hold on to that designation until next year," he said.
Photos and news articles about the parade and ceremony will be featured on the Veteran Affairs website, he said.
The parade began in 1942 to honor those serving in World War II and the victims of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
It has grown since then, Converse said, and in recent years the parade has stretched to about a mile and a half long. This year will be even larger, with the inclusion of several Scout troops and area high school ROTC cadets.
"And we always hope for more," he said.
In preparation for the parade, Kanawha Boulevard will be closed from Brooks Street to Clendenin Street starting at 7 a.m., and Quarrier Street will be closed between Leon Sullivan to Truslow while the parade moves through town.
Traffic on Virginia Street and the side streets between Leon Sullivan and Truslow will be restricted during the parade. Charleston police will direct traffic at those intersections. Drivers coming through town are asked to consider using Interstate 64, MacCorkle Avenue, Lee Street and Washington Street.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.