A Memorial Day parade in Farmersville honored those that served our country on Monday.
More than 80 floats made their way down Visalia Road, as hundreds of community members cheered them on. From lowriders to school bands and dancing horses, it was a day kids like Michael Campos will never forget.
“I think the motorcycles is the coolest thing,” said Michael.
Raeanne Huesca and her husband attended the parade to pay tribute to their great grandparents, who both fought in World War II.
“We get to come together and celebrate everyone that’s given their lives for our country,” said Huesca. “We live in a great place and no matter our differences, it’s just good that we come together and remember them and be thankful for it.”
Lupe Fernandez brings her entire family to the parade every year. She said many latinos died for this country. Her own family members served in the Vietnam War.
“We don’t really get recognized for the services that we do and that’s very important that we recognize them every year,” said Fernandez.
For Beatris Galicia, the parade was a way to honor her son who served in the Army. She said he is currently in the National Guard, but remembers the days when he was abroad fighting to protect our freedom.
“It’s very stressful because sometimes he goes out on a mission and we don’t know if he’s ok until it’s over and he calls us,” said Galicia.
Galicia still has her son, but many parents don’t. Those whose loved ones laid down their lives come out to remember them on Memorial Day.
“We just love our country,” said Huesca. “The fact that we get to practice our religion freely and we get to raise our kids the way that we want to, it’s such a blessing and people take it for granted everyday”
The 62nd Annual Farmersville parade is the only Memorial Day parade in the county and is the city’s longest running event.