Fort Wayne Honors Veterans With Annual Parade & Ceremony

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Max Resnik

November 10, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - It's an annual Summit City tradition that never loses its significance.

Hundreds attended the annual parade Saturday morning. Included in the crowd was Karen Ferry, who, with her homemade sign thanking veterans, stood on the sidewalk of Parnell Avenue to waive and show support for her neighbors who fought in battles overseas.

"They just need our support. I think sometimes they get forgotten on these days and it's important that we show that we're still out here rooting for them and all of the things that they've done in the past and all the things yet to come," Ferry says.

Janet Kemp also found a spot on Parnell Saturday morning. Kemp and her children waived to her husband, who is a disabled veteran. She says the parade reminds her of how proud she is of her husband.

"I'm super proud of him, and I get emotional and choked up for everything that we've been through and we still go through, and I'm just really proud of him," she says.

One of the veterans both Ferry and Kemp saluted Saturday was Vietnam War veteran Oliver Fitzwater. Fitzwater served in Vietnam from 1960-1963 and reenlisted from 1966-1969. He says the simple act of honoring veterans at the annual parade is not something Fort Wayne residents should take for granted.

"It's an honor and a privilege to remember what freedom has been given to us by other men that paid the price. Our tomorrows and todays—theirs are gone forever and if we can't take time and respect what they've given us with this freedom, then shame on us," says Fitzwater.

Sunday, the Veterans Day commemorations continue. First, at 10 a.m., Vietnam Veterans will have a ceremony at the Cathedral of Praise Ministries on Harris Road.

Memorial Park will play host to a Veterans Day service at 10:30 a.m.

The Allen County Council of Veterans will hold the Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony Saturday morning through the streets of Fort Wayne.

The parade will line-up at 10 a.m. at the corner of East State Boulevard & Parnell Avenue, and step-off at 11 a.m. down Parnell towards the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

At the conclusion of the parade, there will be a ceremony inside the Coliseum's Memorial Hall.

Guests attending the Veterans Day ceremony should enter the Coliseum park at the employee lot off Parnell.

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