Crowd turns out to honor veterans in Hermitage parade

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) — People around the Valley celebrated Veterans Day. Thursday night in Hermitage a parade marched down State Street to the Shenango Valley Mall to honor our veterans.

“These men and women, they take care of us and make sure we have the right to sit here and be free,” said Tim McLaughlin, West Middlesex.

Others came out to show their support for veterans.

“It’s what America’s all about. I myself am not a veteran but I know several people that are and I’m very thankful for them, that their selfless sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” Matt Dougherty, Fredonia said.

As the crowd cheered and motorcycles revved their engines down State Street, some just came out to show how proud they are of their family members serving.

“My husband serves with the 107th Field Artillery Unit here in Hermitage. Done two tours already. I’m real proud of him and all the other guys that have served with him,” said ­­­­­­­Carrie Greimann, the wife of a man serving in the 107th Field Artillery Unit.

The crowds waved flags and showed how supportive they were of veterans.

“I’m respecting them for the service, for putting their lives on the line,” Cecilia McLaughlin, of West Middlesex said.

As the Hickory High School band played their rendition of “God Bless America,” parade goers commented on what veterans have given to the United States.

“Those who served, whether they’ve given the ultimate sacrifice or they’ve made it home and even if they’ve served every weekend and never fought at all for us, the fact that they were willing to put themselves on the line for our freedom, I think that’s forgotten sometimes. We live in a great nation and these people did not have to do the things to help volunteer,” said Tim McLaughlin, of West Middlesex.

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