Centralia Fireside Guard

Follow Us On:

Area veterans honored with parade

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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.

More than 250 vehicles participated in the May 6 parade to honor the residents of the Mexico VA Home.

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.”

Mike and Betty Martin of Thompson wave at their neighbor, Harold Smith.

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

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.