MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)--Lively sounds from Moss Point's high's marching band kicked off the grand celebration for America's heroes.
"It warms my heart because they fought." Jackson County Resident Michael Brunner said.
To say thank you, Michael Brunner stood on Main Street to watch the convoy of military vehicles, floats, and students proudly waving flags in honor of Veterans.
"We wouldn't have what we have if it wasn't or these guys," Brunner said.
All the cheers and praise gave Moss Point School Superintendent, Veteran Kim Staley something to smile about.
"It is like a kid in a candy store with a free tab," Veteran Kim Staley said.
Staley is Grand Marshal this year. He spent 28 years in the Army Reserve, and he says it feels good to be appreciated.
Veteran Harold Akridge was also pretty overwhelmed by all the attention, and he was excited to join all his comrades who faithfully served our country.
"I am glad to see anybody; a Coast Guard, a Navy they are one of your brothers."
Though many of his fellow soldiers didn't make it home from war, he says their sacrifice is not forgotten.
"I have been blessed to be able to live this long."
Just seeing veterans like Akridge and Staley has inspired young people to continue this proud tradition of service.
"Just to pay respect for them, they have done so much for us and this can be small token of our gratitude," High School Student Vance Bardwell said.