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Veterans say 'thank you' for recognition during this year's Zippity Doo Dah parade

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson veterans took time out of their monthly meeting to thank several in the city for remembering their service in this year's Zippity Doo Dah parade.

Organizers chose this year's theme as a welcome home celebration for Vietnam veterans.

Saturday, those involved in the parade were given appreciation awards by the All American Service Persons organization.

They also donated more than $1,000 to Fondren Renaissance for its efforts.

Veteran Jim Wiley said it's hard to put that gratefulness into words.

"It's the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen in my life. The tears flowed. And we thought it was over when we made the turn to come up Old Canton Road and, all of a sudden, the same number of people cheering, screaming 'Welcome Home,' screaming their heads off," said Vietnam Veteran Jim Wiley.

Governor Phil Bryant and two former U.S. Presidents sent letters to the Jackson-based veterans organization as well, thanking them for their service.


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