Pop-up parade salutes health heroes, veterans

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 9:50 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A pop-up parade on Monday offered thanks to health care workers and veterans.

Augusta University, the Department of Veterans Affairs, University Hospital, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up for the parade going through the medical district in Augusta.

“We need to get the focus back on the people who are on the frontlines day in and day out trying to keep our community as healthy as we possibly can,” former Augusta Mayor Bob Young said.

The parade was made up of a collection of historic military vehicles and the patriot guard riders on their motorcycles.

“I got chills in my bones,” Jose Delvalle with the American Legion Riders said. “I was saying thank you to them, and they were saying thank you to us.”

The parade lasted about 15 minutes and had about 20 or so riders.

People waved, clapped, and smiled. There was nothing extravagant about it, but when everything seems so complicated, sometimes the best thing to do is keep it simple.

“They’re new heroes,” Delvalle said. “As you can see, they’re the new heroes in this era of pandemic and paranoia. They’re the new heroes in our lives right now.”

The parade was also dedicated to veterans in our area. The Patriot Guard Riders, a nationwide group who does flag stands at military funerals helped organize it as they continue to show support in the fight against COVID-19.

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