LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Monday is Veteran's Day and across our country the men and women who served our military will be honored, but Long Beach is one of the coast cities that got a head start on thanking veterans. They did so with the 3rd Annual Long Beach Veteran's Day parade.
For the veterans and currently active military members who attended, the parade reminded them of the gratitude so many have for our military.
The Long Beach veterans parade showed gratitude to our past and present veterans and the great country they served.
"My husband he's actually in the us air force and we definitely support every troop, everyone. We know what it's all about," said attendee Sabrina Von Clef.
One veteran said seeing the crowds was heart warming.
"It's a big thank you. I mean I couldn't be talking and saying what I wanted to say and praying the way I want to pray without somebody you can't pass a law without somebody backing it up and the veterans back it up," said veteran Charlie Fink.
Antique military vehicles, veterans, current military members, Long Beach School District students, churches and boy and girl scout troops all took part in the parade down Jeff Davis Avenue. Those watching knew the sacrifice it takes to be called a veteran.
"It just gives you a teary eyed feeling to see the veterans and see how long they served," said Angela Moody with Brownie Troop 5511.
"They fought for rights that we might not if they didn't fight for it," said Brownie Troop 5511 member Kennedy Kuntz.
"Some of them lost their loved ones in the war," said Brownie Troop 5511 member Jayla Belvin.
The parade lasted only minutes, but the act of showing respect to our country and to our veterans is one that will last much longer.