Remembering our Veterans 

Published 11:37 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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COLUMBUS–November 11th is a day dedicated to those who have served and are serving our nation’s military.


Polk County has the largest amount of veterans than any other county in NC. Although many towns paid tribute to Veterans day with American flags and school plays honoring those have fought for freedom, the Town of Columbus does more.

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It is no secret that the Town of Columbus loves its veterans, having a specific section dedicated to veterans on the town website.


To start off the festivities, the parade honoring the veterans marched from the Food Lion shopping center through downtown Columbus. The Polk County Honor Guard started the parade by carrying the flags and many honor guard members were placed on different floats throughout the parade.


There were numerous businesses and military affiliated organizations represented throughout the parade, thanking the veterans for their service. Local churches, daycares, fire departments, Girl and Boy Scout troops as well as women’s auxiliary groups were just a few in attendance to honor the veterans during the parade. 


There was a somber moment as a black Cadillac drove down Mills Street to honor those who were missing in action (MIA) and prisoners of war (POW). 


The Veterans Day festivities continued with a memorial service in Veteran’s Park. 


During the service the panel recognized the Grand Marshal ofthe parade, Columbus Native and two-star general Jack Davis. General Davis gave a speech on how important it is that Americans be thankful for the sacrifice that our military and their families have made for the freedom of our nation. 


There was a gun salute as a wreath was placed in front of the American flag and the flag of each military branch as well as taps was played for community members to reflect on those who have lost their lives in battle. 


The memorial service concluded with military members and the local Girl and Boy Scout troops releasing doves into the sky, remembering the beauty and freedom Americans have because of our veterans. 

By Carson Parnell