Generations of servicemen at Quincy's Veterans Day Parade
Sat, 10 Nov 2012 23:58:02 GMT —
Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Quincy Saturday in waves of red, white and blue.
The fifth annual Veterans Day Parade was a small thanks to our past, present and future military servicemen.
Quincy's Veterans Day parade is a renewed tradition as of five years ago. After a thirty-five year hiatus, veteran Jim Ponsot thought it was time to get people marching down the streets again.
"We understand that there were other men before us that would try and get the parade started, but it didn't work out for whatever reason I don't know. We're just so happy that everyone turns out to honor the veterans and it is just amazing the numbers of people that we do have," said Ponsot.
Saturday's parade honored the men and women who've served our country in the past and present as well as future recruits.
"It is important for the community to realize what the veterans have done for them, that we have the freedoms we have today. So many countries are no longer free so we like to say thanks to all the veterans," Ponsot said.
Ponsot served in the Navy in World War II and says he was happy to see the support throughout the years.
"It feels like when I get in, I will actually be fighting for something, and it feels good to know people appreciate that," Alex Cantin, a future soldier said.
"It is nice seeing all the children out here and knowing that they can walk around and they don't have to see the stuff that we see because they are in a free country and we take care of that for them," Dustin Morris, from the National Guard said.
"It's always good to support the troops and let them know what they are fighting for. Show them your support," Caleb Bowen, a medic located in Germany said.
"I enjoy it. It's nice to see everyone cares," Aaron Bowen, a truck driver for the U.S. Army said.
Five years ago, a little more than forty entries made their way down Quincy's Maine Street. This year, that number more than doubled to ninety-three.