The Captain Phillips Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4129 of Saxton will host the 2018 Bedford County Veterans Day parade tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10.

The parade lineup will take place at 9 a.m., followed by the start of the parade at 10 a.m. Parade floats will form along 16th Street and proceed to Route 913 below Stoudnour Petroleum.

Once lined up, floats will proceed from Stoudnour Petroleum along Main Street (Route 913) where participating marching units will join the line of parade. The entire parade will continue to proceed along Main Street; turn onto Sixth Street, then to Spring Street and onto Eighth Street, where it will conclude at the Saxton Fire Hall.

Following the parade, a Veterans Day program will be held. Serving as guest speaker is Sigrid Andrew, director of the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona.

Andrew was named director of the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Altoona in October 2017. As director, Andrew manages an annual budget of approximately $113 million, more than 800 employees and five community-based outpatient clinics throughout a 14-county catchment area.

The health care system serves approximately 26,500 veterans and provides more than 236,000 outpatient visits per year.

Prior to her current appointment, she served as the associate director for operations at the Hampton VA Medical Center, a level 1C complexity hospital. Due to the area being a host to multiple DoD facilities, Andrew assisted with the management and operations of a VAMC that provided services to one of the largest veteran populations within the U.S.

Since beginning her career with the VA in 1992, Andrew has held various positions throughout nursing and health care management. She served as the chief nurse for geriatrics and extended care, the acting director of patient safety and risk management and as the acting executive assistant to the director of the Maryland VA Health Care System in 2010.

Additionally, she served as a nurse manager and as the acting associate director for operations at the Martinsburg, VAMC in West Virginia.

A native of Maryland, Andrew holds a master of science degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware. Andrew is also a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program, Class of 2014.

The Rev. Patty Wise will give the invocation and benediction. The Tussey Mountain High School choir, under the direction of Sara Johnson, will perform the national anthem.

Members of the Saxton Volunteer Fire Co. will serve a swiss steak and turkey meal at the conclusion of the program.

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