Louisville’s Veterans Day parade was bound to look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers were determined to coordinate a way to celebrate Kentucky’s veterans.
On Saturday, hundreds of people did just that by driving through “The Corridor of Freedom,” a stationary parade set up in Southeast Christian Church’s parking lot.
Veterans lined the parade route, waving American flags as people leaned out car windows to thank them for their service. The 202nd Army Band performed patriotic marches as spectators drove past military vehicles, veterans organizations and other local groups and companies.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth were the first to greet the line of drivers as they entered the parade route, which had more than 60 displays around the lot. Several women wore denim and red headbands, dressed as Rosie the Riveter for this year’s theme, “On the Homefront”.
Treva Brockman, co-chair of the parade committee, said not doing a parade this year wasn’t an option.
“We went through plan after plan to try to figure out where we can make it happen and how we can make it happen, and three weeks ago we got the approval to do this reverse setup,” Brockman said.
Middletown Mayor Byron Chapman offered to help find a place in his city for the parade and made a call to leaders at Southeast Christian Church, who welcomed the use of their parking lots.
“I’m a veteran myself, so it just really makes me feel good to know that the community supports the veterans and what they stand for,” Chapman said.