JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Veterans' Day parades honor soldiers and their sacrifice from years passed. There was no exception to that Saturday in Jonesboro.
But there was additional recognition given. The 1037th Route Clearance Company, formerly and often still referenced as the 875th Engineering Battalion, was given a hero's send-off by the throngs of people in attendance.
"There's never been so much anticipation and excitement about our ceremony today," said retired Colonel Jerry Bowen, who is the President of the Craighead County Veterans' Memorial Foundation. Colonel Bowen, who served three tours in war zones, said he thinks its most important for soldiers and their families to stay in contact today.
Colonel Bowen said its easier to do today than it was in his service days, thanks to technology.
Judging by the affection shown between families, they will probably not disagree with the retired Colonel.