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Veterans on Parade draws crowds to Marion

  • Mary Chew, who funded Honor Flight 5, was the Grand Marshal for the 17th Annual Veterans on Parade.

    Mary Chew, who funded Honor Flight 5, was the Grand Marshal for the 17th Annual Veterans on Parade.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • The family of LCpl. J. Kyle Price was one of the Gold Star families honored in the event.

    The family of LCpl. J. Kyle Price was one of the Gold Star families honored in the event.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • Billy Jones of Marion was one of several hundred that turned out for the Veterans on Parade Saturday. See more photos on page 3.

    Billy Jones of Marion was one of several hundred that turned out for the Veterans on Parade Saturday. See more photos on page 3.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • Wendell Stritzel of Marion built this float to honor the 13 service members killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last month.

    Wendell Stritzel of Marion built this float to honor the 13 service members killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last month.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Robert Wallace, U.S. Navy Vietnam Era, joined his many others as they stood in salute during the national anthem Saturday at the Williamson County Fairgrounds following the parade.

    Robert Wallace, U.S. Navy Vietnam Era, joined his many others as they stood in salute during the national anthem Saturday at the Williamson County Fairgrounds following the parade.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Parents of two local fallen soldiers, Sgt. Brian M. Romines of Anna and L. Cppl Johnathon Kyle Price of Woodlawn, were recognized in memory of their sons at the Williamson County Fairgrounds.

    Parents of two local fallen soldiers, Sgt. Brian M. Romines of Anna and L. Cppl Johnathon Kyle Price of Woodlawn, were recognized in memory of their sons at the Williamson County Fairgrounds.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Liliana Hance of Marion showed her patriotism during the parade Saturday.

    Liliana Hance of Marion showed her patriotism during the parade Saturday.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Army Veteran Ford "Hoopi" Harris waves to Adalae Frese of Marion during The Veterans on Parade Saturday morning.

    Army Veteran Ford "Hoopi" Harris waves to Adalae Frese of Marion during The Veterans on Parade Saturday morning.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Army Veteran Tom Harness hands shotgun bullets to the parents of two local fallen soldiers from the 21 gun salute held during the Williamson County Fairgrounds Memorial.

    Army Veteran Tom Harness hands shotgun bullets to the parents of two local fallen soldiers from the 21 gun salute held during the Williamson County Fairgrounds Memorial.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Dick Sanders, former U. S. Air Force, was one of dozens of veterans who participated in the 17th Annual Veterans on Parade on Saturday.

    Dick Sanders, former U. S. Air Force, was one of dozens of veterans who participated in the 17th Annual Veterans on Parade on Saturday.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • The Marion VFW 1301 Auxiliary and Youth created this float for the Veterans on Parade.

    The Marion VFW 1301 Auxiliary and Youth created this float for the Veterans on Parade.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • THe Marching Wildcats were one of four bands that marched the Veterans on Parade on Saturday.

    THe Marching Wildcats were one of four bands that marched the Veterans on Parade on Saturday.
    Tony Kendrick photo

 
BY KRISTIN MOORE
Contributing Photojournalist
Posted on 9/14/2021, 4:11 PM

MARION -- Not only were there more entries in this year's Veterans on Parade, but the people of Marion and surrounding communities turned out to show their support for veterans and first responders on the day that marked 20 years since 9/11.

With a mix of cars carrying veterans from World War II through the present, floats, marching bands, and a host of other entries, the parade wound its way from the vehicle staging area at Marion High School, to the Junior High School, and following Main Street east to the Williamson County Fairgrounds for a memorial service.

Ed Davis, co-founder and president of the Veterans on Parade, said this year's parade has extra special meaning in the wake of the loss of 13 armed service members in a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, last month.

A crowd of around 200 gathered in the grandstand as those names were read as well as the names of those lost in a helicopter accident last week near San Diego.

The ceremony also honored local Gold Star families.