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Fairmont Sees Big Turnout For Annual Veterans Day Parade

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FAIRMONT -

Hundreds of Marion County residents flooded the streets of Fairmont for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Some veterans said there is nothing more special then seeing a community come together to support them.

"Seeing all of this support and patting on the back is making me feel great," said VFW 629 Commander James Kirby. "It's making all of the veterans feel great."

"It's wonderful," said World War II Veteran Bernard Linn. "It's wonderful. It makes you feel good."

Marion County residents lined up on Merchant Street, across the High level Bridge, and all of the way downtown to honor the local veterans.

"Fairmont, they back all of their troops here and they do take care of their people here," said Vietnam Veteran Don Deusenberry. "It's a tight knit community."

The North Marion, Fairmont Senior, and East Fairmont High School bands played patriotic songs for the public.

The West Virginia University Mountaineer shook hands, children collected candy, and the veterans waved from their cars as the crowd applauded them for their service. 

This year's parade Marshall was Fairmont Native Shawn Shoulders of the United States Marine Corps.

"He was hurt in Afghanistan back in May," said parade president Chris Griffith. "He is a hometown boy. Played football for East side, grew up on East side. We brought him back today to honor him."

The local veterans said they are extremely thankful for the support from the community.

They stress the importance of supporting those men and women who are overseas now and give them some words of advice from their experiences.

"Keep the faith," Kirby said. "We're still praying for you. Anything we can do, we'll do."

Parade officials said the lineup was one of the biggest and best they have seen in a long time. 

A ceremony followed the parade at Veterans Square to honor the local veterans.