VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — There was no shortage of support for the nation’s heroes on Monday at the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade, a Virginia Beach tradition for more than 30 years.
Some in the crowd waved American flags and cheered on the more than 120 groups who participated in the parade.
Each branch of the military was honored. The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. on 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and ended at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial on 19th Street, across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
“My grandson joined the scouts, so they’re in the parade this time, so we had to come down and see them walk in the parade,” said veteran Bill Nasholts.
Nasholts served in the Navy for 34 years and says he has a family filled with veterans.
“My father was in the military, my two brothers were in the military, my son’s in the military,” he said.
Also in the crowd was World War II veteran Norwood Thomas, who was in the news back in 2016 when he traveled to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend. The two hadn’t seen each other in more than 70 years.
“I was an Army paratrooper and I parachuted in the night before D-Day,” Thomas said.
He says he has come out to the parade and ceremony in Virginia Beach the last 6 or 7 years.
He remembers his friends who are no longer here. “It’s a very important day for me. It brings back a lot of memories. I am honored by the people who have come,” Thomas said.
The events wrapped up with a ceremony held near the Tidewater Veterans Memorial.
There were speakers and a 21 gun salute, all to say thank you to our nation’s veterans.