Veterans Day is an opportunity for citizens all over the country to show their appreciation for the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Corinth made sure their appreciation didn’t go unnoticed on this special day.
“It’s a great day in Corinth and a day I look forward to every year,” Mayor Tommy Irwin said. “However, we forget we have more than just one day to be thankful for veterans, and we should be appreciative of them all year. But, this is a great time to give them double honor and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to express our gratitude.”
Monday's downtown parade was a reflection of the support area residents give to those who have helped provide the freedoms we all enjoy.
“It is good to see this parade still going here in Corinth and to see all these people showing up and cheering on all the veterans,” said alderman, Chip Wood. “I like visiting and seeing these World War II veterans who are here. It is good to have some of them coming back home to Corinth.”
The parade began at the corner of Fillmore and Main St. and consisted of marching bands from Biggersville, Corinth, Alcorn Central, and Kossuth high schools, along with some old military vehicles. It also included some law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, and other marchers who all represented a special group for Veterans Day.
One special group on hand this year was the Eagle Homeschool (EHS) group. The EHS choir was invited to sing on the steps of the courthouse steps after the parade.
“This such an honor for me and for my kids,” said EHS choir director, Tanya Hunt. “I started this choir back in 2010 and we have just continued to grow and get better. I wish we had more of a notice for this today but, we will do our best because these veterans deserve it.”
EHS choir definitely played an important role in Monday's events, according to Bill Huff, a veteran who started the parade some years ago.
To conclude the parade, and the salute to all the veterans in attendance, the group closed by singing God Bless America. The song brought tears to most of the eyes of all who were gathered around the courthouse.
Huff dismissed the crowd by saying, “I am glad this song was sung at the end of our event here today, or we would have never made it through all this.”