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March for fallen veterans stopped in progress by police, woman cited

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For years, the Fallen Soldiers March has taken a crowd on a trek of about 30 miles from downtown Nashville to Lebanon. This year, the march was stopped in progress by police, with one woman even handed two citations.

Saturday, the march got to the area of Lebanon Road in Donelson when they were stopped by Metro police. Police said the woman leading the march was driving a Lebanon Fire Department SUV with the emergency lights on, even though she was not with the department. She was cited with unauthorized emergency lights and parading without a permit.

Metro police said a lieutenant warned the group earlier in the day to only march on the sidewalk, because they did not have a permit. The rep for police said they would have assisted with the march if given earlier notice, but they didn't know about it. The police rep did not know if the group had secured a permit for past marches.

Reps for the march declined comment Monday. Several members of the march have individually reached out to News 4 to say the march to Lebanon continued after it was stopped by police. Money raised was for a service dog for a wounded vet.

Lebanon Assistant Fire Chief Jason Baird confirmed several firefighters were at the march. He said the department lets the march use a vehicle every year, but the firefighters were under strict guidelines to only let someone in the department drive it. Baird called the incident a poor decision and said he has spoken to those firefighters about what happened.

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