WILLCOX – Veterans Day was honored with a parade along Railroad Avenue in Willcox this Friday, November 11.
Local veteran groups and Willcox residents gathered to watch the morning salute to those men and women who fought to bring our country the peace, safety, and global stability it enjoys, as well as those that continue to serve.
The holiday, first enacted in 1919, one year after World War I ended on Nov. 11, was designated ad Armistice Day by President Wilson. In 1938 the name was amended to Veterans Days
Willcox City Councilman Paul Sheats began the observance with a prayer of support.
The parade passing in front of Railroad Park included representatives from each of the veteran groups, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and local supporters.
Marchers included the Willcox Football Cheer Club, Cowboy Hall of Fame, Elks Riders Willcox 2131 Club, Rex Allen Days Rodeo Royalty, Double S Stake House, Willcox Future Farmer of America, and Willcox Fire Department.
Local performing artist, guitarist, Cindy Rae sang for parade goers. Rae had not performed at a Veterans Day event since the dedication of the Willcox Viet Nam memorial on Nov 11, 2011.
Willcox Mayor Mike Laws and organizer Connie Dunham had a few words of appreciation to attending veterans and the people gathered for the event.