LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was a sea of red, white and blue on Saturday in the city of Lufkin as the community came together to honor local veterans.
Executive Director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tara Watson-Watkins said she was glad the event happened this year.
"We were just honored as the city to host the Pineywoods Veterans Day celebration and parade, we tried to last year but got rained out and we almost got rained out this year but the lord was on our side today and we had a great parade." Watkins said.
The parade kicked off in the morning and featured somewhere between 400 to 500 participants.
"It was a large parade, we were very happy with the turnout, we just wish we had a little bit more sun but other than that it's been a perfect day." Watkins said.
The celebration didn't stop there, a ceremony was also held where Senator Trent Ashby addressed the men and women who have fought for our country.
"We deeply appreciate all that you've done and all that you currently do to make our country and our sate what we are today." Ashby said.
All of the veterans that were present, along with their families, were provided with a free meal as a thank you.
92 year old Air Force veteran Gerald French was one of the many who rode in the parade and enjoyed every minute of it.
"I think it's been great. I have an excuse to put on my uniform. This is the same uniform I wore in 1964 and it's still the same." French said.
The Crime Stoppers band was also present at the celebration to play some oldies and classics throughout the afternoon.
The celebration serves as a small token of gratitude for the men and women who have helped make America what it is today.
"We forget to thank those that are still actively fighting for our freedoms. We forget to thank their families and I think that this gives us an opportunity as a nation to be able to pause and to remember those we have lost and to honor those that have given so much to have the freedom that we have today." Watkins said.
Over 36 businesses and organizations helped to make the celebration a success.
And don't forget, Veteran's day is next Friday.