4th annual Lemoore Veteran's Day Parade

LEMOORE, Calif. (KFSN) -- There is a lot of leg work that goes into preparing for the annual Veteran's Day Parade in Lemoore.

The parade, which started when the sun went down, is sponsored by the City's Community Services Department and American Legion Post 100.

"I'm expecting that we'll have a banner crowd again. And then the weather is unbelievable," said Bill Overby, American Legion Post 100.

Megan Walker owns Lemoore Antiques and Collectibles. She will be open for business while the parade, including more than 40 floats, makes its way through downtown Lemoore.

Walker said it is a good family event, and a way to say thanks to veterans for their service.

"You can't walk up to everyone and give your personal thanks to every one of them because sometimes they're not in uniform or sometimes you just don't know. An event like this it's like everyone comes together to give their thanks at once."

One of those veterans not in uniform would be her husband, Kevin Walker.

Walker served in the Marines from 1989 to 1993 and was among the first US troops to land in Somalia during the conflict there. He said an event like Lemoore's parade is a reminder that there are still soldiers fighting on other continents. And a way to remember those who have served and those who have fallen.

"Take a moment, take a day, to remember the people who suffered so you didn't have to, you know? Right on."

Again, at least 40 floats will be on display for the parade, including one in memory of Otis Tolbert, the veteran and Lemoore High School grad, who died during the 9/11 attacks.
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