Solemn parade invokes patriotic feelings

IN MEMORY’A caravan of emergency vehicles made a ceremonious trip around the square and down South Bridge Street Friday. The honorary parade was part of a nationwide effort to pay tribute to the individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty in the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. Flashing lights and blaring sirens on emergency vehicles traveling in a caravan did more than cause traffic to halt Friday evening, it stirred emotions. In an impromptu ceremony in honor of the hundreds of law enforcement and rescue personnel as well as for all the individuals lost in the New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. attacks last week, all available emergency personnel and apparatus ceremoniously drove around the square and down the main street of Brady Friday evening with lights and sirens turned on. The honorary parade stopped traffic and even brought flag-waving and candle-bearing citizens away from their dinner tables to pay tribute to the fallen men and women. ‘There were several people who stopped their cars and stood by the side of the road with their hand over their hearts,’ said McCulloch County paramedic Lynne White. ‘Some people even left their dinners on the table at restaurants to come out and show their respect.’ The parade was only a small parade, but it was part of a national effort to salute the men and women of law enforcement and emergency medical services. The parade in Brady might have been small, but the feelings portrayed were as big as Texas as McCulloch County residents again showed the nation what living in a small town is all about.

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