EAST STROUDSBURG — Eager spectators camped out along Washington Street here in East Stroudsburg, as the Monroe County Veterans Day Parade wound its way through from Stroudsburg.
But this parade is extra special for the folks in this community; this is the first Veterans Day parade to be held in 14 years.
“Amen, yes!” said Tammy Hess. “After 14 years we’re excited, we thought the rain was going to do something but it absolutely held out and we are thrilled to see it.”
Hess and her husband Jay brought their two young children to the event.
They say with their older son serving in the navy, this parade is personal to them.
“Men and women willing to serve and we appreciate that, our son is now presently in the navy and we love him and he’s our blessing,” said Jay Hess.
And this parade is personal to many others here to watch.
“It’s very important, my father was a veteran, my father-in-law’s a veteran, I have friends who are veterans, it’s very important,” said Sharon Fahl.
“My husband was in world war two, veteran, and this would have been very important to him if he were alive,” said Gloria Wyckoff.
Even those with no ties to the military say our veterans protect our country and the ones we love and for that they deserve all the appreciation we can give.
“It’s very important to have them because without them, there’s no us, there’s history, there’s no Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and the United States in general so it’s always important to have this parade,” said Amabi Merkman.
The Monroe County Veterans Association is responsible for bringing the parade back. They say some 300 people participated in the event.