Weatherford News

Weatherford veterans parade honor those who served

Weatherford Staar-Telegram

Cloudy, cool weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm, or the support, of both men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

On Saturday, hundreds made their appreciation known, during the annual Veteran’s Day parade which took place along South Main.

“Post 163 has been working with the annual Veterans Day parade for more than 15 years,” said Ron Chandler, Adjutant Hubmaster of American Legion Post 163. “It really took off around 2001 when we started sending out invitation/fliers, and having special guest speakers from the community, as well as flyovers.”

He remembered the first flyover were two F-18’s from the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth.

“Those days seem to be gone with cuts in the defense budget,” he said. “During the mid 2000’s the number of entries/floats were between 60 and 70 and have fluctuated since.”

Chandler said when they were at their other location, on Eureka St., they would have a lunch for all that would come by.

The Grand Marshall this year was Eudoro Meza, a Korean War Veteran, and longtime resident of Weatherford.

“All of our officers, members, and community volunteers have enjoyed putting on the parade,” Chandler said. “It’s mostly because of the appreciation we get from our veterans and our community.”