EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– The Four Freedoms Veteran’s Day Parade brought in many people from all around the area to watch and remember the men and women who have fought for our freedoms.
As a street lined with people watching and honoring veterans, those who served were also in the crowd.
” I’ve been to some other parades before, but never one at home. So that made it kind of special,” Army Veteran David McCarty says.
McCarty has marched in many parades before and this one at home reminded him of that time.
” I had the pleasure of marching in the Vietnam veterans wall dedication parade in Washington in 1982 and this kind of brought me back to that day,” McCarty explains.
Those who organize the parade say they have a special reason to do it.
“We put this parade on to honor our veterans and somedays I do not think they get the respect and honor they deserve, ” Garry Hisel says.
“A lot of them came home at a time when they didn’t get a parade. Weren’t welcomed home.”
If it wasn’t for his father’s service, he might not have started this journey.
“He’s probably the only reason I’m involved in it,” Hisel explains.
For McCarty, the people he met and talked to made his day.
” I shook a lot of warm hands and they told me they appreciated everything and welcomed me home and that was really great. That was great,” McCarty says.
The parade brought up good memories but also what he’s been through.
“But it’s just something that you’ll never forget. I was just 19 when I went over there,” McCarty says.
(This story was originally published on November 9, 2019)