STOCKBRIDGE — Throughout the morning, loud cheers and chants of “U-S-A” ringed through downtown Stockbridge. It wasn’t a political rally or a sporting event, it was the city of Stockbridge’s annual Veterans Day parade.

The parade was held Monday morning in downtown Stockbridge in front of a large crowd that lined the streets, particularly in front of Stockbridge City Hall, where students from nearby Stockbridge Elementary School came out and lined the streets.

The Dutchtown High School marching band paraded through downtown Stockbridge, while the ROTCs of Dutchtown, McDonough, Eagles Landing, Stockbridge, Morrow and Mount Zion high schools marched in the parade along with several veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Randy Knighton, Stockbridge city manager, said it was always an honor to show respect for those who have served.

“Whenever we can honor our vets, those that have served in the military that have sacrificed so much for all of us in protecting our freedoms and liberties, it’s always a great day to be able to honor and show them their proper and due respect,” Knighton said.

The city manager was also pleased to see the large crowd at Monday’s parade.

“We’re so excited to see so many citizens out today, and of course, Stockbridge Elementary and Smith-Barnes Elementary, so we’re excited to have a great participation as well,” he said. “It’s just a tremendous community-wide show of respect.”

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