Nashville holds annual Veterans Day parade

Posted at 10:35 AM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-11 19:46:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several people braved the rain Thursday morning for Nashville’s annual Veterans Day parade.

Reporter Kyle Horan was live from the event:

There were dozens of people along the route. Some of them were vets from decades ago. Such as Lee Maxfield, an Airforce veteran who also spent 20 years in the Army Reserve.

"I honor veterans day as much as I possibly can," said Maxfield. "I've sat in the rain before. It's not going to keep me away."

The parade also prompted several street closures that will be in effect for most of the day. Broadway was already closed to traffic at 9 a.m. and remained shut down until at least 3 p.m.

One proud family was there to see their daughter Kamari Smith carry the Tennessee state flag for the JROTC.

"We are extremely proud. She is showing her leadership skills and working very hard," said Kashonda Smith, Kamari's mother. "We're very excited. We want everybody to see."

Smith was just promoted to Private Cadet in the JROTC at Antioch High School. They lead the parade.

Traffic anchor Rebecca Schleicher has more information on road closures below:

Roads closed for Nashville's Veterans Day parade

As per tradition, the parade had two parade marshals – Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Stevens served as the Entertainment Grand Marshal, and U.S. Navy Captain Brian C. Erickson, commanding the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Vanderbilt University was designated the Military Grand Marshal.