Hundreds Attend Veterans Day Parade At Chaffee Crossing

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Hundreds of people lined the streets Saturday (Nov. 12) for the 5th annual Veterans Day parade at the Chaffee Crossing Historic District.

This parade is more than just the dozens of floats that go by, it means appreciation for the veterans, said Jeanette Hartsfield, who is a veteran herself.

"There are a lot of children out here who don't know exactly what that means," she said. "It's a time to not get upset, but to teach them. We can all teach them what it means and what the flag is for, how you respect it, and how you respect the veterans."

"You feel it deep," said veteran Richard Carkhuff. "I spent 20 years in and come from a military family starting out with my father in World War I, two brothers in World War II, and myself in the Korean and Vietnam Wars."

The theme for this year's parade and festival was "Women in the Military."

"We all have a part," Hartsfield said. "We have a lot to contribute. Women in the military contribute a lot, and it's nice to be recognized."

And as for Carkhuff he said he will continue to  wear his Navy hat everyday.

"I'm proud of it," he said. "It's the first thing I put on every morning and the last thing I take off every night. I'm proud of my Navy service."

Organizers said this year's parade has more than double the floats compared to last year.