Locals show appreciation during Veterans Day

Locals show appreciation during Veterans Day
November 16
03:00 2017

Despite blistering winds, temperatures in the mid 40s, and the lingering threat of rain, hundreds of residents lined the streets of downtown last Saturday to give thanks to the men and women who defend this country during the annual Veterans Day Parade. 

This year’s parade featured several local high school marching bands, JROTC students, muscle cars and of course countless veterans from every branch of the military.

As the convoy made its way down Fourth Street, Army Veteran David Brown said the parade brought back a lot of memories. Brown said it gave him a warm feeling inside to see so many people show support for veterans. 

“It makes me feel good to see so many people willing to come out here in the cold to show support and give thanks,” said Brown. “A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way especially for a veteran who has seen war.”

While enjoying the sounds of the Reagan High School Marching Band amongst a sea of American flags, Joan Wallace said despite the weather she was really enjoying herself. 

“When I heard about the parade I was determined to be here. My father served in the Marines so this is my way of being here for him and others who protect this country,” Wallace said.

Although the parade may have been the biggest event in the city during Veterans Day Weekend, countless other organizations gave thanks as well. For example, several hundred people gathered at the Carolina Field of Honor in Kernersville to give thanks, and members of the Psi Phi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. invited veterans to enjoy a free breakfast. 

After participating in the parade, members and volunteers from HARRY (Helping Advocate Research Respond for You) Veterans Community Outreach Center held its 10th annual open house and gift bag giveaway. 

Named after city native and ex-Marine Harry Smith, HARRY provides a support system for veterans and their families. Through advocacy and counseling since its inception, HARRY has helped hundreds of local veterans. 

After enjoying lunch and picking of their gift bags filled with blankets, clothes and other items at the HARRY headquarters on Peters Creek Parkway, several veterans said they were grateful for HARRY and others who support veterans in need. 

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