Parade Offers Respect for Veterans

By Taylor Vinson | 

If you were trying to get around downtown Bowling Green early Nov. 10, you may have had some difficulty.

But it was for a good cause.

The 12th-annual Bowling Green Veteran's Day parade made its way from the L&N Depot to 8th Ave. and State Street.

Danny Brown is not a veteran. He isn't even closely related to one. That didn't stop him, however, from bringing his wife and children out to the annual Bowling Green Veteran's Day Parade.

"Well, it's a beautiful day, and more important than that, it's always important that we remember those who have served our country and that we honor those and honor their sacrifice and all that they've done for us," Brown stated.

Veteran Roger Miller is grateful for that kind of support.

"Well, it does my heart good, it really does; it shows that we do have people that care," Miller said.

More recent veteran, Barry Prude, who served in Iraq, says that mutual support is what the day is all about.

"It's great to be back home with family and friends, and, you know, I just wanted to show my support for, you know, the veterans and everything. I'm just glad to be back," Prude explained.

Prude believes even being a young veteran gives perspective.

"Being that I've been through it and seen what it was all about, [I have] a much deeper appreciation for our family, and we must support one another," Prude said.

For Roger Miller, the next generation is as important as any other.

"I know when we have an event out at the legion there, I can look out in a crowd and see those young kids. it does my heart good because I know that they're seeing what maybe some of us saw when we were growing up," Miller said.

"Today's a perfect example of where we can share with our kids, you know, a little bit of our history, and more than that, just the people behind the history," Danny Brown added.

Some local elected officials also took part in the parade.

After the parade, the festivities also included a flag raising ceremony at the Military Memorial Monument by the Warren County Courthouse to honor the country's troops.

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