The streets of downtown Columbia were crowded with a couple of thousand onlookers and participants in the annual Veterans Day parade today. Cami Steele of West Columbia says she took a day off from work to join in the festivities.
“I think it’s wonderful that they are doing this for the veterans. It’s very emotional for me because so many of these young people chose to go and serve, my children didn’t have to go and serve,” said Steele.
Maxine Gross of Lexington said, “I want to honor these people who have dedicated their lives to serving our country at a time when our country is in peril. It’s just incumbent upon us that we as citizens are able to come out and say ‘thank you’,” says Gross.
An Army veteran who served in Korea stood by and watched his fellow troops: “We shouldn’t take anything for granted. We are at war right now and we are fighting for our freedom and I’m proud to be here today. But, somebody fought, died sweat, blood and tears so we could be here today,” he said.