Veterans Day celebration continues with parade

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Events were held nationwide Friday to remember our country's veterans, but the celebration continued this weekend in Jonesboro. Spectators gathered along Main Street on Saturday for the annual veterans parade. An organizer says the turnout shows just how much the community appreciates the service and sacrifice of area veterans.

"It's just unbelievable that this many people turned out in this cold, windy weather," said Billy Cribbs of the Craighead County Veterans Honor Guard.

Cribbs helps organize the parade, making sure both the young and the young-at-heart remember the legacy of veterans past and present.

"They left their families. They left their farms. They left their businesses. They went to fight for us," Cribbs said. "Some of them died for us. Some of them didn't come back, so we want to honor all those veterans."

A crowd gathered in front of the Craighead County Courthouse, a historic site known for the Battle of Jonesboro during the American Civil War. Some people attended the parade to join the nation, as it recognizes veterans. Rich Carvell, howeer, remembers receiving a less than warm welcome home from Vietnam.

"I have a lot of friends and a lot of Vietnam colleagues who were spat upon and who were cursed, and they were called baby killers," said Carvell, a Vietnam veteran.

He says, in Vietnam, the armed forces were just doing what the country asked. It has become a personal mission, though, to greet the men and women currently serving the military and salute them for their service.

"Folks may not support what we're doing, but they need to support the folks who are doing it," Carvell said.

The Veterans Day celebration wrapped up Saturday evening at a military ball.

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