Knoxville veteran never misses annual Veterans Day Parade

Local veteran never misses Knoxville's Veterans Day Parade

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65-year-old David McGill said he never misses Knoxville's Veterans Day Parade. 65-year-old David McGill said he never misses Knoxville's Veterans Day Parade.
The event brought out thousands of people, showing their support for the men and women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The event brought out thousands of people, showing their support for the men and women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
The parade was a simple thank you to the men and women throughout the years who have served the red, white and blue. The parade was a simple thank you to the men and women throughout the years who have served the red, white and blue.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville paid tribute to area veterans on Friday in the 87th Annual Veterans Day parade through downtown.

The event brought out thousands of people, showing their support for the men and women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

6 News spent the day with one local veteran, who gave us a glimpse into what events like this really mean to veterans.

One of the thousands of people lining the streets of Gay Street in downtown Knoxville was 65-year-old David McGill.

"I'm just very pleased. Very, very pleased. I wouldn't have missed it for nothing," said McGill.

He never misses his hometown parade.

"Born and raised in South Knoxville at Mount Olive," said McGill.

McGill served overseas in the United States Army from 1966 to 1972. Watching the parade is emotional for him.

"I'm very proud to be a veteran and honor all veterans," said McGill.

It makes him think of the other men and women he served with, many of whom aren't here today.

"I'm very fortunate to be able to stand here and talk to you today because so many friends and family members gave the ultimate sacrifice," said McGill.

He said events like this help to remember what veterans did in the past for the United States of America and what current servicemen are still doing today.

"It's just a feeling deep down in your heart. They keep up free for one thing and they fight for us," he said.

The parade was a simple thank you to the men and women throughout the years who have served the red, white and blue.

"Oh I love it. It's just fantastic. There's no greater country in the world than the United States," said McGill.

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