Ashland City hosted its fourth annual Veterans Day Parade last Sunday.
Hadley Williams, 86, who served for 31 years in the Army, Army Reserves and Tennessee Air National Guard, was co-Grand Marshal for the parade, sharing that status with fellow Cheatham County veteran James Cripps.
Cripps was awarded the first claim for Agent Orange exposure within the U.S. He had served as a game warden in Georgia where he was responsible for spraying areas to keep the trails clean by using Agent Orange, an herbicide and defoliant that had been used in Vietnam.
On Sunday morning, nearly 60 vehicles and floats started at Riverbluff Park as the parade moved down the Tennessee Waltz bypass to connect to Main Street in Ashland City.
Most Patriotic Civilian Vehicle was awarded to Colleen Parish Barnes for “Country Rebel.” Cripps won for Best Military Vehicle. The Cheatham County Central High School Band and the Sycamore High School Band tied for Most Patriotic Band. Best Children’s Float was awarded to American Heritage Girls Troop 1475. Best Decorated Adult Float went to the United States Veterans Administration. The award for Best Decorated Business went to Cody’s Diner on Cumberland Street in Ashland City.
“I can never do enough for them,” said longtime parade sponsor Amanda Beth Williams. “Because they have sacrificed and have done so much for us all.”