If there were ever perfect conditions for a parade it was Saturday. Sun shining and temperatures in the low 60’s.
Nearly 70 entries participated in the Jonesboro Veterans Day Parade. Firefighters hoisted a huge flag flew above the route providing a patriotic atmosphere..
The honor guard kicked of the event that has been around in one form or another since World War II. The parade has been an annual event since 1995.
Various high school band showed up to provide a patriotic flavor and to pay their respects to fallen soldiers and veterans along the route.
Kim Still works for the VA clinic as a care taker. She brought one of her veteran clients to the parade to interact with others
Still says it was a great day for a parade with a good turnout. It shows veterans that we care.
Patrick Campbell wasn’t in the parade, but as a Gulf War veteran himself, he felt it was important to support his fellow brothers and sisters.
Patrick wasn’t in the parade but is part of two or three organizations that have entries in the parade,
The parade provided a chance to show off classic cars and feature veteran organizations that interact daily with those who have given service.
Danny Honnell has been the announcer for the Jonesboro parade for the last 15 years. He says having the parade on a Saturday allows the high school bands to participate, but when the official Veterans Day holiday hits on a weekend, there is competition to draw huge turnout.
Honnell says the number of entries was down about 15 percent.
He says it’s difficult to compete with a three-day weekend