Worth County community hosts first Memorial Day parade in nearly 50 years

(SYLVESTER, GA) – For the first time in nearly 50 years, the City of Sylvester hosted a Memorial Day Parade; this was due in part to years of work from American Legion Post 335 Commander, Ray Humphrey.

Ray tells us, “You know, COVID hit us, and that stopped us from getting in there. We had several other things stopping us from getting to it. But we were going to make sure it happened”.

As veterans from posts around the area, and the Worth County Community paraded down East Pope Street, they were eager to bring back what they want to be a major, annual tradition.

“We are very proud of our veterans, we are proud of the people who have served our country. So anything we can do to show them and support them, I think they very much appreciate it,” says City Barber owner, Stacy Cherry.

Albany Hasan Shrine representative, Brad Hurst says, “We’re glad to honor all of our veterans, we appreciate what they’ve done, we’re here to honor the fallen, and we thank y’all for y’alls service, and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

“I think it builds unity, that we need at this time, peace and harmony. It’s just a wonderful thing,” says Tifton resident, Peggy Jacobs.

As Commander Humphrey hopes to see larger turnouts in the years to come, he’s hoping people will come from all over every Memorial Day.

“We have at least 50 participants, . I think you can see there’s a lot of caring here and a lot of people who want to show support for the families of those who lost their lives,” says Humphrey.