Terre Haute Veterans Day Parade marches on after almost being canceled

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The 2019 Terre Haute Veterans Day parade went off without a hitch, after overcoming a big problem.

“Due to lack of participation in the veterans council, we almost had to cancel the parade. So, iIput out the word and you see what happened. Everybody came out the woodwork to help us get it done,” said Cliff Stephens of the Vigo County Veterans Council.

Around 75 organizations signed up to take part and residents lined the streets to honor those who served.

“The thing about it is, it shows these people show their respect and appreciate what all of us have done to serve our country. It makes me feel good that they appreciate what we did,” Stephens said.

Those who watched and participated were also pleased that the parade went on.

“I think people realize the importance of it all and there’s no way that this was going to stop the parade,” said Rick Knopp, who watched the parade.

Those who put the parade together said they hope this year will set the standard for more parades to come.

“I think that we’ll see the same results next year as we saw this year. I firmly believe that the participants will show up again. As well as there will be a revival,” said Michael Egy of the Loyal Veterans Battalion.

They said the parade is the biggest they’ve seen in years.

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