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Prison-camp float wins at Ala. Veterans Day parade

ATHENS, AL (AP) -

A float built by Alabama Marines to replicate a prisoner-of-war camp is the top-prize winner in the Athens Veterans Day parade.

AL.com reports the Marine Corps entry took grand prize honors in the parade Saturday.

The runner-up prize for most patriotic entry went to a group of students from East Limestone High School, whose float featured a shooting silver & blue star and a large red sign reading: "Thanks."

The Athens parade was held a good eight days before the actual Veterans Day holiday, which falls on Nov. 11.

The grand marshal of the parade through downtown Athens was World War II veteran Dempsey McLemore, a former prisoner of war who served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.

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