Chattanooga holds 69th annual Armed Forces Day Parade

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga is host to the longest running Armed Forces day parade in the country.

It’s been going every year since 1949.

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And we are one of just a few cities still honoring the military like this.

Hundreds of flag-waving people were there this morning.

Everybody loves a parade!

And members of the Hamilton County and Chattanooga Area Veterans Council were happy with the way it went this morning.

More than 50 organizations, including ROTC units and floats celebrated and honored the contributions of all branches of our armed forces.

Each year a different branch is featured, Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, was the parade reviewing officer.

“I am really excited and I’ve heard that – you hear a lot about this and so to get to be here first hand and participate in it, I can’t say enough about how much it means to the men and women of the services for this kind of patriotic display.”

The parade marshal was School superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson. And our own Chip Chapman was the MC at the event.

Chattanooga recruiter CPT. David Colsen says “It’s just amazing, I mean this community is so military friendly. Every time we go out and about in uniform people tell us thanks for our service, and we see a lot of people out here who are veterans, we tell them thanks for their service. Just such a tight knit, military community, it’s a great place to be. This is an example of how great a community this is for military support.”

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says one difference this veterans day is congressional support.

“I’m just so pleased that finally, congress has stepped up and funded the military, including the Coast Guard, at the levels that they deserve. We’ve done that in fiscal ’18, we going to do that in fiscal ’19. What does that mean? It means that the Coast Guard’s going to have more ships, the Navy’s going to have more ships and submarines, the Air Force is going to have more planes.”