HAYDEN, Idaho -- The City of Hayden, Idaho held a parade and award ceremony to honor the men and women who fight in the US military. More than 300 people showed up for the parade.
The city gave David Sheldon the 2013 Distinguished Veteran and he was Grand Marshal at the parade. Sheldon is a Vietnam-era serviceman and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer in 1992.
"But it made me feel very proud and more so very proud of all the rest of the people I work with and do some of the same things I do all the time too. So it's something that I got to share with them. But it's very humbling," said Sheldon.
The Veterans Day address was given by Army Veterans, John and Stacey Holley. Their son, Specialist Matthew Holley was killed in a roadside bombing in 2005. After his death, the family learned Matthew’s casket returned home without proper honors. They helped pass “The Holley Provision” that makes sure all fallen military and honored for giving their lives.
"What it means to me is basically, we should all get together, we should recognize our veterans for what they've done. And to thank them. And ask yourself what have you done for veterans today,” said U.S. Army veteran Mike Chism.
The parade featured heroes from Northern Lakes Fire District, Hayden Meadows Special Chorus, US Submarine Veterans, Civil Air Patrol, Fort Sherman Disabled American Veterans, Military Officer Association of America, Hayden City Council, and Hayden Veterans Commission.