More than 200 friends and family of Mid-Missouri’s veterans rolled past the east side of the Mexico Veterans’ Home the afternoon of Wednesday, May 6.
That was when, for a brief 90 minutes, the VA Home’s staff and residents cautiously adjusted quarantine to let the veterans sit outside and watch a parade in their honor.
Denny Hodges, one of the residents, who served in the Airforce from 1968-72, stationed in West Pakistan, said the 90-minute parade made an impression.
“I thought the turnout today was magnificent. It was really touching to see that many people coming out. It took like an hour and five minutes for everybody to go through. It was really touching. It was good representation. There were tears on both sides.”
As the first of the 200 or so, cars, trucks tractors and motorcycles rolled by, Rita Davidson, the VA Home’s social worker took a moment to discuss what the day meant to the residents. “This is an extra-special day for them
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