GALLERY: Roanoke honors local veterans with parade, flyover

A marine attendee salutes veterans in the parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
A marine attendee salutes veterans in the parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

A marine attendee salutes veterans in the parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Members of the Air Force, Army and Marines walked with flags in the Oak Street parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A boy stands for the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem in front of Roanoke City Hall on Nov. 6. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Roanoke police stand at the head of the parade line. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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WWII Iwo Jima veteran Don Graves (right) sings "God Bless America". (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Two Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders were in attendance and waved at attendees during the parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Four airplanes flew over Roanoke City Hall and Oak Street. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A young girl rides on a horse in Roanoke's Veterans Day parade on Nov. 6. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Following the parade, attendees were invited to vote for their favorite chili at the chili cook-off event. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ahead of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the city of Roanoke honored and celebrated its veterans with a parade and flyover along Oak Street on Nov. 6.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday honoring those who have served in the United States' Armed Forces. This holiday was previously known as Armistice Day and was established in 1918 to mark the end of World War I. Armistice Day is also celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom and France.


Prior to the parade and flyover on Oak Street, remarks from Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch, Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Bill Guy, U.S. Marine Corps World War II Iwo Jima veteran Don Graves, and others were presented.

"I was 16 years old sitting in Detroit, Michigan in front of our house on Dec. 8, the day after Pearl Harbor," Graves said, who shared his story. "I want to tell you something, please. When we hit [Iwo Jima] beach... [We found a note that said] 'Fellas when you go home, tell the folks we did our best that they may have many more tomorrows'. Ladies and gentlemen, you have been enjoying those many more tomorrows."

According to the 2019 American Community Survey, only about 7% of Americans are veterans.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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