Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) The 2017 Veterans' Day Parade was held in the town of Lexington Sunday afternoon. This was the official kick-off of a week of events across our county to honor those who have served in our armed forces. The week will end with the actual designated Veteran’s Day, a day set apart to honor all our veterans, which is next Saturday, November 11, 2017.
The parade started at 3:00 p.m. under cloudy skies, but that didn’t act to dampen the spirits of the parade’s participants, viewers or organizers. The streets were lined with people eager to wave, show their appreciation by holding up “Thank You” signs that were handed out by volunteers prior to the start of the parade, or just cheer and wave as the floats went by.
Lexington, White Knoll, and many other Lexington County High Schools were well represented as they either had their JROTC cadets or bands participate; in several cases both. The cadets marched to a strict cadence while the bands all marched in lockstep and played patriotic tunes.
The veterans who rode on the floats drove shiny cars, or in some cases rode motorcycles or marched, all beamed with pride at the accolades they received from the adoring crowds;accolades they so richly deserved.
Throughout the remainder of the week, area schools and other organizations will hold events that will continue to show our county’s appreciation for the men and women who shed their blood, sweat, and tears in the service of our country. There will be mini-parades, meals, and pageantry a plenty as teachers try to educate their students about how America got its start, and has continued to be such a great place for well over 200 years.
In the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. the phrase "Freedom Is Not Free" is engraved into one wall. This has become a phrase that symbolizes the sacrifices so many have made in service for just that cause, freedom!
During this week of celebration, of meals, awards, ceremonies, and other functions, please take a minute to remember the man or woman with the weathered face standing nearby. These are the people who put it all on the line and paid that price for our freedom! Freedom is not free, but the price has been paid, and is still being paid all over the world day after day!