NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Members from every branch of the armed forces came together Friday for the annual Nashville Veterans Day parade.
The parade began at 11 a.m. on 14th Avenue at the bridge over Interstate 40 and ran down Broadway to Third Avenue.
One of the groups that marches were the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, members of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization.
“We dress in full regalia—cape, chapeau, and sword. We honor the military, and a lot of the Knights of Columbus members are veterans,” John Park told News 2.
“They mean a lot to us as American citizens. They gave their lives and their time for our freedom, and my father was a veteran in WWII, so I have a close relationship with that,” Park said of veterans.
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News 2 also spoke with Glenn Seigenthaler, who joined the Navy in 1961. He was homeported out of Yokosuka, Japan.
He also said at one point he left the service for three months but decided to join again, spending the next 20 years with the Navy.
“One of the things that really frightened me, I was on the coast of Vietnam in November of 1963 when John F. Kennedy got killed, assassinated. It was a very frightening experience because I was a young man, didn’t know a lot about politics, and I said, ‘who’s gonna tell this ship where to go next?’ But that got my interest, not in being involved in politics, but in doing my duty when it comes to politics,” Seigenthaler explained.
When asked about the meaning of the parade, he said, “I’ve pretty much got a reserved seat here. That’s how much it means to me. I’ve been here when it’s raining and everything else.”
“I wouldn’t miss it for nothing in the world. It makes it a little bit harder every year because I’m a little bit disabled, but I’m going to be here until I die, I reckon. That’s how much it means to me,” he added.