Parade Honors Veterans In Fairhope

Parade Honors Veterans In Fairhope

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FAIRHOPE, Alabama -

With flags waving and the marching band leading the parade, our war heroes rolled through downtown Fairhope in front of a packed crowd Saturday.

"We thought it was really important to support our vets and to make sure we were here to support our country. It's one of the rights that we have and they fought for our freedoms. We just can't thank them enough. It's great to be here today," said one resident.

One of those vets is Thomas McClellan. He served in World War 2 and remembers his time in service.

"I remember how cold it is was and I brought back a memory. My feet are still cold. I go to bed every night with my socks on," said McClellan.

It's events like these that are so important. A lot of these brave men never received a true homecoming.

"It's wonderful, it's great to be recognized and we do appreciate it," he said.

Dr. Barry Booth is a Vietnam vet who continues to organize events across our area.

"The veteran's brought us to the dance. We are what we are because of our veterans so it is terribly important for the community to get out and support them. We wish everyone was here," said Booth.

Fairhope's Veteran of the Year is Jim Jeffries. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 through 1967.

Veteran's Day is Monday.

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