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Grand marshals named for Christmas Parade
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Warren County Nurse Honor Guard will be the Grand Marshal of the 2021 McMinnville Christmas Parade this Saturday. Representing the group will be its president Lesia Donalson, left, vice president Shauna Samuel, right, treasurer Dawn Wanamaker, and co-treasurer Tracie Panter. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

McMinnville officials will honor Warren County Nurse Honor Guard during this Saturday’s Christmas Parade. 

“Warren County Nurse Honor Guard is very excited to be selected to serve in the 2021 Christmas Parade,” said Lesia Donalson, president of the local chapter. “We only organized mid-year, and to be recognized in this way is such an honor for us. It also helps spread our message of respect for our colleagues from the community.”

The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. this Saturday. It will follow the traditional route from Milner Recreation Center down the length of Main Street. There are 70 entries registered to participate.

Nurse Honor Guard members offer a free ceremonial tribute at funerals of individuals who devoted their lives to the nursing profession. The group is comprised of active and retired nurses. Its first monthly meeting was held in April, followed by an inaugural funeral in July.

At a family’s request, members of the Nurse Honor Guard will attend the funeral wearing standardized historical nursing attire of cap, cape, and white uniform.

The ceremonial activity can consist of “Standing Watch” over the loved one during the visitation prior to the funeral/ memorial service or simply providing a presence at visitation.

During the service, a tribute is read, acknowledging their career as a nurse, and releasing the loved one of their nursing duties. 

The ceremony concludes with the reading of “A Nurses Prayer,” a presentation of a Florence Nightingale Lamp to the family, and placement of a white rose on the nurse’s casket to signify their devotion to the nursing profession.

All nurses go through a pinning ceremony and reciting of the Florence Nightingale pledge to signify their devotion to the nursing field. The funeral ceremony is meant to release them from the oath and signify that their earthly nursing duties are complete. 

Along with its president, the Warren County chapter currently has the following members: vice president Shauna Samuel, secretary Kay Starr, treasurer Dawn Wanamaker, co-treasurer Tracie Panter, Jacqueline Cabell, Kay Childers, Reba Bond, Jessica Bost, Dorene Cowans, Helen Owens, Jimmie Webb, Christy Medley, Elisha Locke, Melissa Hollis, Brenda Smith, Dusti Hubbard, Heather George, Janice Sherrill, Devonya King and Christie Butler. 

Donalson, Samuel, Wanamaker and Panter will represent the Warren County Nurse Honor Guard in the parade. They will be toward the front of the parade riding in a Ford Mustang.