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Welch Veterans Day Parade longest in country

The city of welch held its annual Veterans Day Parade.

It's been going strong for 94 years.

Every year organizers pull out all the stops to honor veterans on this day, making Welch's Veteran's Day parade a beloved tradition.

"As far as we know, it's the longest running Veterans Day parade in the country.  We are proud of our post here in Welch that put this parade on," says Frank Cooley, general chairman of Welch Veterans Day Parade.

Nearly 80 entries saluting veterans make their way through town.

"It brings back a lot of memories like the Vietnam War and different things," says Jesse McPeake,a Vietnam Veteran.

Around 3,000 line the streets to watch the parade in support of veterans who have sacrificed. Angie Reynolds of Iaeger had another reason for being at the parade.  Her cousin was killed in Afghanistan.

"Not for him but for all soldiers who have lost their lives. Our soldiers overseas right now fighting for our country. It makes me proud to be here today," says Reynolds.

Many parents brought their children to the parade, hoping the event will make an impression on them of what veterans have done to make sure we still have our freedoms.

"We just came from a town in Virginia. They are in school today. My grandchildren are in school and I think they are loosing out on how to celebrate our freedom," says Fred Odum of Welch.

Over the years keynote speakers at the Welch Veterans Day Parade have included Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson.

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