On Thursday the West Texas VA in Big Spring continued their celebration of the “Month of the Veteran” with a Veterans Parade that took place on the first floor of the facility.
The Cross Roads Young Marines lead the parade of proud veterans and anyone else who wanted to walk in honor of a veteran that they knew, and they were followed by the school-aged children who were in attendance. Several of the veterans had their wheelchairs decorated elaborately with patriotic themes and others had their decorated to resemble military vehicles.
Mike Tarpley, with the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, was present at the event.
"Veterans' Day makes me think back to the times in combat and the men left behind," says Tarpley. "I always remember their faces, sometimes not their names but they'll always be young and not an old man like me."
Tarpley also went on to say that he wants people to remember to say thank you to veterans when they see them. "It's not much, but a pat on the back and a 'Thanks' is always appreciated."