Cape Coral Veterans Day parade honors those who served

The City of Cape Coral comes together for a parade honoring our those who served in the place where more than 60,000 veterans call home.

On Sunday, the parade that marches down Cape Coral Parkway, is a chance for SWFL residents to see some of the men and women who fought for our country.

The parade will be led by a Marine Corps warrior, George Colum, who was 19-years-old when he began his service. Colum spent 18 months fighting on the front lines during the Korean War.

It is a war often forgotten in history.

 George Colum will be the Grand Marshall at the Cape Coral Veterans Day parade. Photo via WINK News.

George Colum will be the Grand Marshall at the Cape Coral Veterans Day parade. Photo via WINK News.

It began on June, 25, 1950 when about 75,000 North Korean soldiers crossed the 38th parallel, which is the boundary between then-Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-American Republic of Korea to the south.

The war is significant because it was the first military action of the Cold War. It would end three years later with about 5 million casualties. However, North and South Korea remain divided to this day.

When Colum returned home, him and his comrades were not treated well by the American public. Fortunately, he said, things have changed and many veterans are now welcomed home, celebrated as heroes.

But one of his most touching moments of appreciation happened when he was in Washington D.C. visiting the Korean War Memorial.

“There was a family of Koreans behind us and one of them came up to me and said, ‘are you in Korea during the war?'” Colum said. “‘And I said, ‘yes I was,’ and they said, ‘I wanted to thank you for saving our country.’

“He bowed down, shook my hand and there were tears in his eyes,” Colum said. “You can’t beat that.”

Roads to avoid

The parade will commence at 2 p.m. But, the staging area for the parade will be blocked off, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The main road that will be affected is Cape Coral Parkway. From Del Prado Blvd. S to Chester Street, roads will be closed, along with being blocked off at Layfette Street between Del Prado and Vincennes Street.

The parade will enter onto the parkway at SE 15th Ave. as the floats and veterans will march about five blocks west to Candia Street before finishing at the Military Museum near 3:30 p.m.

After the parade concludes at 3:30 p.m., Cape Coral Parkway should open back up. Be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time to travel.

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