WHITMIRE — Several hundred people turned out Saturday to honor America’s classics but mostly to honor veterans who served their country and hailed originally from Whitmire.
Organized by Maria McMurtury and the Whitmire Economic Development Association, the family-themed event had a parade, car show, horseback riding, judging for produce and canned goods and more.
A poignant part of the day was when several hundred names were read off and certificates awarded to area veterans.
Whitmire County Councilman Scott Cain spoke, recognizing how veterans were not ordinary heroes but that those patriots give our citizens the freedom to be a nation.
As a pilot in the Persian Gulf, as an officer commanding coalition forces during operations related to the war on terrorism and as a pilot flying relief work missions into Central America, he said he had seen patriotism take many forms.
“Memory performs the impossible because it holds together the past and the present and we need to maintain the memories (of those who served) and let their sacrifices give meaning to our national future,” Cain said.
Part of that future for the Whitmire area centers around promoting tourism-related economic activity.
American Legion Post 70 Commander Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Thomas Crisp thanked the development board for its work in holding the event, which they plan to make an annual event.
He honored the heritage handed down to him by veterans from Whitmire and called his home town “one of the most patriotic, youth-oriented towns I know of.”