Slight drizzle does not dampen Knoxville’s 98th Veterans Day Parade

By Mike Steely

Senior Writer

The annual Veterans Day Parade, organized by the American Legion Post 2 and the city of Knoxville, filed down Gay Street downtown Friday morning. A slight rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the marchers or the large crowd and the event honored Grand Marshal Captain Bill Robinson, the longest held enlisted prisoner of war in American history.

More than 100 groups marched and included everything from classic cars, motorcycles, floats, high school bands and business and civic groups. One group of young girls handed out handwritten thank you notes to veterans in the crowd along the way.

Notable was a float featuring Blue Star Mothers and a busload of Korean War veterans. The parade went north on Gay Street and everyone was in good spirits. One high school band played songs for each of the military services.