McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – Under a massive American Flag provided by Tri-State EMC and amidst strains of patriotic tunes sung by local musician Hank Brake, a large procession rolled down the streets of the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee, Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.
The parade, featuring a mix of flag-adorned military Humvees, Fannin County and Polk County, Tennessee, emergency vehicles, rumbling Harley Davidson motorcycles and antique cars and trucks, brought several patriots out on a brisk fall morning to support veterans, our military and the good old USA.
Perched on the William T. “Boss” Mull Memorial Bridge overlooking the Toccoa River, one couple, Bob and Sheila Loudermilk, brought Old Glory with them in a show of support.
“We’re going to have to support our veterans,” Sheila stated proudly and profoundly, “and we’re going to have to support our Flag.”
Veterans Day was originally established as Armistice Day in commemoration of the armistice signed at Compiègne, France, between the Allies and Germany, which effectively ended hostilities on the Western Front in World War I. The armistice was signed at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918. In 1954, the United States renamed the holiday Veterans Day to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces.
The parade, co-sponsored by the McCaysville Police Department and the Tri-Cities Business Association, was followed by the third annual McCaysville Police Shop with a Hero BBQ.
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