Generations of veterans honored at patriotic parade

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POSTED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 8:04pm

The streets of Gonzales turned red white and blue for the "ascension Salutes it's Veterans" event and Veterans Day parade.

People living Gonzales lined the streets near Veterans Memorial Park to catch a glimpse of the parade.

Dozens of veterans rode in patriotic themed floats, but two special vets caught everyone's attention. Veterans Jeffrey Argrave and Pershing Mire served as grand marshals for the event.

"I can't count how many people thanked me for my service you know," said Mire. "That made me feel good."

Mire served with his brother during World War II. He says ruling over the parade was bitter sweet because his brother couldn't ride with him.

"He was my hero. He should be here today being honored instead of me. I didn't get a scratch," said Mire.

Mire's brother died during the Battle of the Bulge. People from across Ascension Parish waived flags and came out to let Mire and all the other veterans know their fallen comrades will never be forgotten.

The event honored all generations of veterans.

"They see a veteran and you obviously think an older person, Vietnam veterans, World War II veterans," said veteran Jeffrey Argrave. "They (the crowd) see us and they kind of go who are these guys and why are they here."

Co-grand marshall Jeffrey Argrave represented the newest group of veterans. He says right now younger veterans sometimes get forgotten, but he hopes that will change over time.

"It's just a psychological thing you realize these guys served and they did this. Now that the war is over the appreciation really comes back," said Argrave.

After the parade vets were treated to a concert in the park. The event wrapped up with a candlelight vigil.

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