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Parade celebrates local heroes

Veterans from all branches of the military were honored in the Lincolnton Veterans Day parade and a ceremony at the courthouse.

MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Staff Writer
A crystal clear fall day was the perfect back-drop for Friday’s Veterans Day Parade as an estimated several thousand citizens turned out to pay tribute to area veterans.
The Last Man’s Club of World War II veterans, led by Commander James Leatherman, was well represented in Friday’s parade with around 10 members participating. Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars also shared the spotlight.
JROTC units from West Lincoln High School and Lincolnton High School marched in formation during Friday’s festivities and the East Lincoln High School Marching Mustangs performed patriotic music.
Several area scout troops also came out to show their support and appreciation for the county’s veterans.
During the post-parade ceremonies, two area veterans received special honors. WWII veteran Ralph Sisk received the  Lincoln County Veteran of the Year award.   Major Ed House received the Distinguisded Cititzens Gold Award in recognition of his community service.  House, a member of Marine Corps League Detachment 1265, is a WWII veteran who is well-known for playing the bugle at military funerals and other events.

Image courtesy of Tennille Mullery / Special to LTN

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