Wagoner turns out Sunday to honor its soldiers


Monday, April 7th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


People all across the country have found their own ways of supporting our troops in Iraq.

In Wagoner, they honored their hometown heroes with a parade. News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger has that story from the home front.

It's no secret the town of Wagoner supports its men and women in uniform. With flags waving, faces painted and banners held high, various groups from around town came out in large numbers wearing their red, white and blue to rally in support of our troops.

Gloomy skies couldn't stop hundreds of Wagoner residents from giving some of their hometown boys a patriotic sendoff. A group with the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s “B” Company is on alert and could receive their orders anytime. A war veteran says he had to come to show his support. Barnyard Bob: “I admire them-I know where they're going."

As you walk through the crowd, almost everyone has a story for why they were at the parade. For a war veteran, it's about honoring his great-grandfather, father, and three brothers who've all served. Now he's at the parade to support for his six grandsons currently making the ultimate sacrifice.

For a proud mom, it's honoring her son, Jerry Dale. He's in the Coast Guard. "Really proud, help support our troops."

A Boy Scout troop displayed a 30 by 60 American flag, for them it's about showing gratitude to those in wars past.

And to the young who don't understand war, it's about saying, ‘Thanks!' for those who have fought for the freedoms they now have.