St. Joseph Honors Veterans with Parade

St. Joseph Honors Veterans with Parade

People of all ages gather in downtown St. Joseph to recognize and honor those who have served the country.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On this Veteran's Day, we honored those who put their lives on the line to serve our country.

In windy and cold conditions, many gathered to show their thanks at St. Joseph's annual Veteran's Day Parade.

Lined up along the parade route, even the youngest knew what the parade was for.

"To thank them for serving our country," said nine-year-old Ali Nash of St. Joseph.

Ali and her sister Kayton were there to recognize other family members who have served.

"My dad, my great grandfather, my uncle, my great uncle," said Kayton.

Though it was a cold day, everyone was in good spirits this Veteran's Day. People were there to recognize the freedoms we have here in the United States, unlike many other parts of the world.

"I think that people realized now that we had to be over there in order to keep this country free so we're not in turmoil like a lot of our foreigh countries are right now," said veteran Jerry Murphy.

Murphy joined the Marine Corps in 1959 and served for five years. During his duty, he was assigned to several different posts and traveled around the world two times.

For many, it felt like there was extra pride and a little extra thanks this year for our veterans.

"Especially the past year I've noticed that people have become more patriotic," said veteran Thomas Dick, who spent four years in the Navy.

"Everybody still wants to believe in America, believe in the United States," said Vincent Barbosa, who was standing along the parade route saying his thanks to those who have served.

It was also a time to remember the families of veterans, who also have sacrificed in their own way.

"My husband was in the military for 28 years," said Georgia Thomas. "It's not an easy life."

For Fern Hill, her brother paid the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

"It's a great loss," she said. "We are proud of the ones who still sacrifice and the ones still over there."

It was a day of pride and a chance to thank those who have served. And like many say, once a Marine, always a Marine.

I'm 71 years old and I'm still very proud to wear this uniform and I'll wear it until God comes and takes me home," said Murphy.

Though it was a cold day, those who have attended previous Veteran's Day parades said attendance this year was good.

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