Rain plan executed for annual parade - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Rain plan executed for annual parade

Tom Richardson sits with fellow veterans at the Montgomery Veterans Day ceremony. Tom Richardson sits with fellow veterans at the Montgomery Veterans Day ceremony.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The nation observed Veterans Day today remembering the blood, sweat, and tears of the men and women who serve our country.

In Montgomery, the rain forced city and county officials to cancel the annual parade, and move the ceremony inside the city hall auditorium.

Amidst the sights and sounds of the ceremony sat 90-year old Tom Richardson--a World War II veteran and American hero.

"I'm a Hell's Angel. I flew in the 303rd Bomb Group, the 427th Squadron."

Back in the 40's, Richardson was nicknamed the "Lucky Pilot" because he lived to tell about the war, contrary to other pilots like him.

"My story's a long story because I was in the hands of the Russian communists and for 21 days was a prisoner of war," says Richardson.

It's stories like those most folks may never know as veteran after veteran could most likely recount stories of their own.

But it's the reason we, as Americans celebrate Richardson and his fellow fighters.

"We need to honor them," says 12-year old Dustin Jones.

"There should be more people here, if anything. They are at the mall, they're somewhere but they should be here today, honoring people that made them free," says Joe Berry.

Those in attendance did just that as music brought out the patriot in everyone and veterans felt immense gratitude from people young and old.

Richardson says events like this help him know his service will always be remembered.

Richardson says he was born with deformed feet and wasn't allowed to be in the United States Air Force at first.

He had multiple operations to correct his feet just so he could be in the military.

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • breaking

    Lava from active Kilauea fissures crosses highway, reaches ocean

    Lava from active Kilauea fissures crosses highway, reaches ocean

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:35:56 GMT

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

    More >>

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

    More >>
  • Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:32:48 GMT
    (file)(file)

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

    More >>

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

    More >>
  • In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-05-19 05:10:39 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:05:44 GMT
    (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...(Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly