Honoring veterans in Emporia

EMPORIA (KSNT) – The cold temperatures didn’t stop Emporia from having their Veterans Day parade. After all it is the site of the first Veterans Day observance in the U.S..

Forty-five-year-old Sgt. Chris Booth served 23 years in the U.S. Army. He says he’s honored to be a part of this year’s Veterans Day parade in Emporia.

“This is just a day to reflect upon what you know not just myself but all of my friends, family members that have served this is you know the day to reflect what they’ve done, whether it was peace time or in a time of war.”

Booth initially wanted to go into law enforcement after his service until he helped save two lives on the battlefield in 2005. Now he’s expected to graduate in may with a Nursing Degree from Emporia State University.

“I’m hoping nursing, 10 years from now I’ll be telling nursing stories.”

He says he will never forget his time in the military, getting his degree is just a new chapter in his life.

The parade was followed by a memorial service and a ham and bean feed put on by the American Legion and VFW.

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