West Palm Beach’s Veterans Day parade draws thousands to downtown
By Lawrence Mower
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
At 86, Bernard Thur has seen his share of Veterans Day parades.
He’s seen big ones, such as the those in his native New York City. And he’s seen smaller ones, such as Sunday’s in downtown West Palm Beach.
But even after decades of parades, the World War II veteran is still moved by Americans’ outpouring of support.
“Some woman I didn’t even know came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for your service. I appreciate what you did,’” he said.
Thur paused and put a hand over his heart.
“It just touched me right here.”
Thur, who spent two years of the war as a hospital corpsman in the Navy caring for wounded Marines, was one of hundreds of veterans and future veterans who turned out for Sunday’s parade.
Old Army vehicles, floats, firetrucks and the Wellington High School band paraded down Clematis Street before thousands of onlookers.
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