Drive-by parade honors veterans at Daisy Hill, Taylor Manor
Veterans at Daisy Hill Senior Living and Taylor Manor Nursing Home were honored for their military service during a drive-by parade on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. U. S. Army veteran Bill Dawson was among those on Daisy Hill’s front porch who were grateful for the decorated vehicles circling past on their driveway. “We appreciate the recognition everybody gave us,” said Dawson, who served as a platoon leader for a division of infantry troops in Trieste, Italy while on active duty from 1953 to 1955. “It was great to see everybody turn out for us (because they) appreciate what we’ve done” for our country. First responders joined others in the community during the event organized by Woodford County Neighbors Caring for Neighbors volunteers. Several people, including children and veterans, lined streets in downtown Versailles waving flags as the parade of vehicles traveled from Daisy Hill to Taylor Manor. “I just felt a sense of community pride and pride in our veterans and our citizens for supporting our veterans,” said Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay. He said he was honored to personally thank the veterans at Daisy Hill, including a World War II veteran, for their service prior to the parade. Event organizer Lillie Cox said she was surprised by how many people participated in the drive-by parade and the media coverage given by local television stations. “That’s exciting,” she said. “… Every fire truck, every police, EMS – everybody showed up. It was exciting. It really was.” And she said they were thrilled to participate in this appreciation of the military service by veterans living in the community. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic limited this year’s celebrations for veterans, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott said it was important for those who served to know their service is appreciated. “Parents had kids with them in the parade. And those kids being able to see that we’re a community that values service and sacrifice and patriotism is important,” said Traugott, who participated in the parade.