JAMESTOWN – Military Veterans are expressing their gratitude for the community’s support on Memorial Day.
For the first time in two years, the City of Jamestown brought back the Memorial Day Parade this year.
Even though there was no formal ceremony at “Soldier’s Circle,” the community still turned out in groves, giving their thanks to fallen American Heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Jamestown resident, and U.S. Army Veteran, David Howard says the turnout was more than expected.
“It feels good, I didn’t realize there would be this many people,” explained Howard. “I was kind of wondering, I had missed it the past couple years. Lot of people here though, that’s the amazing thing.”
The event brought out a lot of people, from children amazed by the floats, to veterans honoring those who have lost their lives. Including U.S. Army Veteran Valerie Beason, from Virginia, who came out to support her nephew who paid the ultimate price.
“I’m originally from Jamestown, and my nephew was killed in Afghanistan so we’re coming to here for the services,“ says Beason.
Beason says it was a worthwhile journey to honor her family.
“I didn’t know until last minute that it was on and so we made the trek up yesterday from Virginia,” explained Beason.
For those who missed the Memorial Day Parade this year, the whole presentation can be found on our website at WNYNewsNow.com.