First Veterans Day Parade in Graham on Tuesday

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- Pat Davis and his family have been working hard on their Veterans Day Parade float for the past four days.

It's a labor of love to say “thank you” to veterans all over the world especially to one close to home.

"It means the world to me," said Wesley Long, Davis' father-in-law.

Long is a Vietnam veteran who served in the army from 1967-1969.

He'll be one of dozens of veterans honored at Alamance County's Veterans Day parade -- the first one in the county ever.

"It is very sad that no one ever took enough interest to really do this," said Brenda Perry, director of Alamance County's Veterans Services.

She came up with the idea last year and with the help of a committee and county leaders is making it happen.

From floats to motorcycles and antique cars, the parade will stretch out for about one mile down Main Street in Graham.

It's a tribute Perry wishes her father was still alive to see.

Perry's father was a first class seaman in the navy during World War II.

"This is my inspiration truly," Perry said. "This is my heart of this parade, my father."

It’s a parade Perry hopes will give veterans like her dad the recognition they deserve.

"I'm very proud of him," she said. "I'm very proud of his service."

The Alamance County Veterans Day parade begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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