Good turnout for Lufkin Veterans Day parade, says officials

Good turnout for Lufkin Veterans Day parade, says officials
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 4:17am


With freshly pressed Army Class B uniforms and shined helmets, 31 Huntington Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps members led the 10th annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday in downtown Lufkin, marching from First Street behind Pitser Garrison Civic Center and then turning onto Second Street by Regions Bank. There were 41 floats in the parade this year, more than in past years, and this year schools participated, said Marilyn Davis, Veterans Day parade coordinator.

“I am very proud of the parade this year and I heard nothing bad about it,” Davis said. “I think more people came because of the letter that I wrote to the editor, more publicity, and word of mouth. It is important for people to come out because we need to support our troops and veterans. Without them we would not have the freedoms we do.”

Reavie Blanton said she read the letter to the editor and it made her sad that the event has had poor attendance, so she came out to show her support.

“They risked their lives for my freedom and this is just a little bit of what I can do for them,” Blanton said. “My uncle is a veteran of Vietnam and my cousin is a veteran. I want the veterans to know that people care about them and their sacrifices.”

David Green, a veteran of World War II, said he attended the parade because he enjoys seeing the floats and getting out.

“I cannot participate, so I stand and watch,” Green said. “I was a submariner for two-and-a-half years in the Navy and went to Pearl Harbor, Midway Islands, Guam, and other places in the Pacific. I went to defend my country like all the other young people.”

Green said he was impressed that more people attended the event this year.


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