Annual Veterans Day Parade draws crowd, gratitude

Published: Nov. 9, 2014 at 1:09 AM EST
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James Island's John Berry wouldn't miss it for the world.

Each year, the Navy veteran puts up two folding chairs,  one for himself, and one for his wife, on the corners of Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue Downtown.

For the Berry's, it's the best seat in the house.

The couple was joined by hundreds of fellow veterans, and onlookers alike, for the annual Veterans Day parade in Downtown Charleston.

"We're just showing our appreciation," he said.

For three years, from 1951 to 1954, Berry served in the U.S. Navy.  Still, the retired veteran didn't miss an opportunity to give a thumbs up to his fellow servicemen and women.  His gesture, often joined by a sea of gratitude, as many from the crowd could be heard shouting, "thank you."

"When people appreciate you, it makes you feel kind of humble," Berry added.

The 2014 Charleston Veteran's Day Parade started at Concord and Market Streets, ending at Colonial Lake.

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