Crowds Brave Winter-Like Weather For Veterans Day Parade

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday's frigid temperatures and brutal winds forced some Veterans Day events to move inside. But some events like a parade in Arkansas City couldn't be held indoors. That didn't stop a crowd from lining the streets in support of military veterans.

With temperatures in the 30s, winter coats and warm hats were a must along the Arkansas City Veterans Day parade route. Because of the near freezing temperatures, parade goers say they were surprised by the crowd.

“I’m kind of impressed. At first I thought there weren't too many but when the parade started everyone started coming out of the buildings and cars. So not too bad for how cold it is,” Todd Gritzmaker said.

“I think it's wonderful that they care enough to come out no matter what the weather is,” Lila Allen said.

Some people we spoke with say they came out to honor veterans they know and love.

“I never want to forget veterans. I have two nephews that are in the military right now and I never forget the veterans. And a brother who served in Vietnam, so I can never forget,” Allen said.

“I have friends that serve. I haven’t served but it's my way of honoring them and appreciating everyone else who's done it too,” David Seaton said.

Others wanted to pass a lesson on to the younger generation.

"I'm with my kids here so I wanted them to get the message of how important it is to support our troops and the people who serve us,” Gritzmaker said.

The Veterans Day parade is put on each year by the Ark City VFW post. This year people say not only were the crowds bigger, the parade itself was longer.

“This year they really made an effort to make it bigger and longer which you can tell. It's a lot longer than it has been so I think that attracted a lot more people. There's a lot of excitement about it, so I think it's a really good thing,” Gritzmaker said.

The people who braved the winter-like weather this Nov. 11 tell us it's something they were happy to do in order to honor the sacrifices made by all U.S. military veterans.

“We need to take care of them. They took care of us,” Allen said.

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