Marching bands. Flag girls. Fire trucks. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Those are common elements to many parades.
But what was different Saturday in Graham were the veterans – on trucks, in jeeps, and some watching along Main Street. The groups represented included Veterans of Foreign Wars, local American Legion posts, and veterans not particularly affiliated with any organization.
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A strong crowd of several thousand were on hand to say, repeatedly, “thank you for your service” during the resumed Veterans Day Parade, held Saturday morning in Graham.
Below are some scenes – and sounds – from the parade. Special FREE access.
Navy veteran Phillip McPherson and wife Linda of Graham were among the parade watchers. Phillip served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963.
Melissa Harshman of Snow Camp and her children watched the parade from the lawn in front of the Captain White House on South Main Street. With her are baby Jocelyn, son Wyatt, and daughters Willow and Natalie (with American flag).
The Kernodles – Clark and Leslie, as well as Emmy, Kiya, and Lana – were on hand to see the parade. The girls had handmade signs expressing gratitude to the veterans for their service.
Among the parade watchers were April Qualls and son Lincoln, age 3, from Elon.