JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- With Veterans Day on Monday, the Region 8 community got a chance to honor local veterans a couple of days early at the Veterans Parade in Jonesboro.
The community lined the street of downtown JonesboroSaturday to honor those who fought for our country.
Nathaniel Pontius and his wife Sarah came to the parade with their nieces. Nathaniel serves in the army.
"I came out to support veterans who came before me and to see of my friends who I know are in it and celebrate Veterans Day," Nathaniel Pontius said.
He said having the community's support means a lot to veterans.
"It's a blessing and a privilege to be able to be honored a day in the year and for people to recognize the sacrifices that people have made," he said.
Sarah said sometimes the simplest words will make the biggest difference.
"I think it's really important to say thank you. I think a lot of times people forget to say thank you even for the simplest things," she said.
Danny Honnoll was the Master of Ceremony for the parade and serves at the commander of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans. He said the turnout this year was amazing.
"It's very important to remember our history because we want to repeat our good history but not repeat our bad history," Honnoll said.
This year's theme: Vietnam: 50 years of Remembering.
"Everyone likes to be remembered and its very important to remember the veterans that have gave their time , their effort and some of their lives," he said.
Honnoll said it's important for the community to show veterans support and appreciation.
"Veterans are intertwined into the community because everyone knows a veteran and it's important for all of us to come out as individuals to show the veterans that we do support them," Honnoll said.