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Parade honors returning soldiers

One of the returned service members bows in prayer during Friday's ceremony at court square.

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

By Jebb Johnston

jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

Welcome home!

That was the warm greeting from a small but enthusiastic crowd Friday morning in celebration of the return of members of the Corinth D Co. 106th BSB of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team after a year-long deployment.

A parade ended at court square, where Boy Scouts posted the colors, talented singers performed, and speakers delivered words of appreciation.

"'Thank you' just doesn't sound grateful enough for what you have done for this country and what you are doing for this country," said Mayor Tommy Irwin. "We are so glad to see you " This is what makes our country great, because of what you are willing to give each and every day."

American Legion Post 6 Commander Chris Grimes also addressed those who served.

"You spent time away that you'll never get back," he said. "I know that from experience."

Rickey Pope, who manages the mailing of care packages to service members, reminded the crowd that not all have returned from deployment and encouraged people to continue to donate. Since its inception, Project Package has sent more than 112,000 boxes overseas.

"It's such an honor to be here and see all the comrades today," said Pope.

Sen. Rita Parks presented a special recognition from the Legislature of the American Legion's centennial. The Post 6 charter was turned in on July 5, 1919.

She commended the members for "selfless service."

"I thank you for what you do for these families and what you mean to these communities," said Parks.

With a giant American flag flying overhead, it was a morning of patriotism and gratitude.

"I'm so glad to live in a small town where we still do these things," said Rep. Bubba Carpenter. "A lot of places don't do this type stuff anymore."