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2013 Veteran's Day Parade is Largest in Anderson History

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Anderson honored the more than 16,000 veterans in the county with a parade Sunday. Veterans who served in WWII were honored with special seating at the court house downtown. They also signed books that featured their stories from battle, and handed them out to the crowd.

Organizers tell 7 On Your Side that the parade almost didn’t happen. Leaders say they can normally put together the parade with about 5 volunteers but only three showed interest a few months ago and there weren’t enough resources to make it happen.

When word got out that the parade may be canceled organizers say around 30 volunteers stepped up and about 15 pitched in to actually get things into place for Sunday’s event.

Some featured parade participants were West Side High School band and JROTC, T.L. Hanna band, several American Legion posts, Pendelton HS Air Force JROTC, Upstate Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary, Korean War Veterans Chapter 244 and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

7 on Your Side spoke with many veterans who were honored that organizers could make the parade happen. Many said they were proud to be recognized for serving their country and would make the sacrifice all over again if they had to.

Doyle Burroughs told us he was in the 6th Marine Division in the Battle of Okinawa. He said his experiences there were full of death and destruction. Seventy-five percent of his division didn’t make it back.

“I’m thankful for every day God gives me,” he said.

James Carey Jones told 7 On Your Side he’ll celebrate his 91st birthday soon and still remembers his time as a gunner in a B-17 Bomber and how it got shot down just days before D-Day.

“I was scared. Anyone who tells you they aren’t is a liar,” said Jones.

Next year organizers will try to put together a permanent parade team. They’re hoping the interest that was shown for this parade continues.

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