Many folks celebrated Veterans Day on the official day which was Sunday. But the recognition for U.S. Veterans and victims of all wars continues Monday.
The annual Downtown Veterans Day Parade kicked off at 10:00 a.m. The annual parade is a family tradition. The streets are blocked off as locals line up and pay respects for veterans. The parade route starts at Second Street and Exchange, goes south, and ends on Third.
Some MATA bus routes are detoured for the parade, so be on the lookout for that.
Folks in Fayette County held a Veterans Day Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at the Fayette County courthouse.
Over in Mississippi, the Veterans Parade in Downtown Batesville also began at 11:00 a.m.
Regardless of which parade you attend, war veterans say they appreciate the acknowledgements and respect.
“I think it’s very nice of you to think of the veterans and recognize them, so I appreciate it very much,” says Hubert Raleigh-Henley, a 98-year-old World War II veteran.
“I think it’s great to remember an old man, especially an old man as old as I am,” says 98-year-old Army veteran Wesley Williams.
“We are actually taking time away from our families to help others. That’s one of the things I enjoyed with the national guard, not only helping others, but also helping my soldiers,” says Army National Guard veteran Mark Morrison.