2014 Athens County Veterans Day Parade

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"These veterans were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways," special guest speaker and veteran, Channing McAllister said this morning on College Green. 

The patriotic spirit was out in full force throughout the annual Veterans Parade. The parade is sponsored by the local veterans organization and the city of Athens.

During the event, Athens residents ride in floats and local schools get involved by making banners and playing music.

The parade started at Morris Ave. and weaved onto Court Street. The parade ended at College Green, where a ceremony was held. The ceremony allowed veterans to speak to the parade-goers. 

Before the ceremony, service men and women waited proudly for their guest of honor Channing McAllister.  

McAllister served from the late '70s until the early 2000s. He was especially excited to see the youth involved throughout the day.

"I've seen times when not a lot of people supported the military," McAllister said. "It's great to see them out here."  

The Ohio University ROTC also participated in the ceremony and parade. Some cadets find the day inspriring.   

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them so it's really important for us to come and support those who have served our country," Cadet Robe, a member of the OU ROTC, said. Another cadet felt like the day was a preview to his future in the military.  

"It feels like you have a whole lot to live up to," Jonathan Emley urged.