UPDATE: VA Medial Center added to parade route to honor healthcare workers

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April 30, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — First responders are holding a celebration for local healthcare workers, and they are adding another hospital to the parade route.

The parade will visit Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and the Beckley VA Hospital.

The parade will start at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center at 5 p.m. It will split into three different parade routes and head to the hospitals.

Secretary of the Raleigh County Firefighters Association Bobby Palmer said they will also be providing meals to the three hospitals before the parade.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Local first responders are planning a big celebration for our healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

The Raleigh County Firefighters Association, along with neighboring fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies, will conduct a drive-thru appreciation parade on Friday, May 1, 2020. First responders will parade past Raleigh General Hospital and Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Chief Tim Zutaut with the Mabscott Volunteer Fire Department said this is just one way they can show their appreciation to those dealing with the worst of this pandemic.

“We just want to show our appreciation for what they’ve done and what they’ve stood for. Let them know that we stand right with them,” Zutaut said.

The lineup will being at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center parking lot at 4 p.m. on May 1. The parade will start at 5 pm. There will be two different parades going to each hospital.

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