Delaware County salutes veterans with parade

     Veterans ride down the street at the annual parade in Delaware County. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

    Veterans ride down the street at the annual parade in Delaware County. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

     

    The 56th annual Delaware County Veterans Day parade brought hundreds to the streets of Media Wednesday.

    Bob Diamond has been organizing the salute for 23 years,  and he said it grows every year.

    “We’ve got a lot of vets here, Pennsylvania had tons of veterans throughout all the wars,” Diamond said. “And so many of them live in Delaware County … the people want to come out and recognize them, which is a wonderful thing.”

    Among those who came out to watch the bands, antique cars and marching servicemen and servicewomen was World War II veteran Neil McCrossen who says the event is a way to say thanks for those who defended the United States at time of war.

    “Observe it in some way,” he said. “And remember those who cannot be here, those who are gone who gave the ultimate.”

    Francis Desmond, another veteran of World War II, said people need to think more about the wars that are going on in this country every day.

    “We fought to keep the country great, and, sometimes at 6 o’clock at night, you have to stay in the house,” he said.

     

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