Veterans Day was observed on Monday and communities around the Tri-State took time to honor those who have served. Folks in Huntington gathered on Monday to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces with a parade.
“We’re here to celebrate veterans and celebrate Veterans Day,” said Woody Williams VA Medical Center Director Brian Nimmo. “This is their day and we’re happy to be out here and show our appreciation for them.”
Their day indeed. Monday morning, veterans were honored in the annual Veterans Day Parade and high school students from Fairland were among the ones paying their respects. Students like Fairland senior Kaleigh Rummel have been participating in the parade for 6 years and were excited about playing the Armed Forces Medley during the Veterans Ceremony, which followed the parade.
“It’s always really nice to do,” said Rummel. “To show respect for those who are serving our country and those who have served our country.”
Rummel’s father and grandfather served in the Airforce. But she wasn’t the only one excited to be a part of the day’s celebration, or the only student coming from a military family.
“We’ve had military in the family as well,” said Fairland sophomore Ayah Jammal. “My brother is actually in there right now and I actually plan on going in as well. So, I find this a perfect chance to honor all those people who fought for us and to keep that flag still standing.”
Fairland sophomore Skylar Kimball felt the same way. “I honestly feel like honoring our veterans is like the best thing to do. I get a lot of joy out of it,” said Kimball. “They fought for our country and they’re still fighting for it, so I feel like it’s just a nice little way to honor our veterans.”
Brian Nimmo, who is also a veteran, says that a day like this means a lot from a veteran’s perspective. “I think this is wonderful that the nation takes this day and sets it aside every year to show appreciation for those that have served,” said Nimmo.
Nimmo believes this may still be one of the many things that unite us as Americans. “Service to your country matters and that we celebrate and this is one of the things that we hope in the country that we all agree on,” said Nimmo.