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A drive-by parade honors veterans today

Posted at 8:19 PM, Nov 08, 2020

A group of Opelousas veterans held a parade today to honor their own.

Because COVID is affecting so many holiday events - including those usually held for Veteran's Day - CSM (retired) Darrell Minix and his wife, Rose Minix, decided to organize a parade for veterans in Opelousas. The parade was held today in the Broadmoor subdivision.

The Minixes say they knew that events would be canceled, but they didn't want veterans to be unrecognized.

"So we came up with a drive-by parade honoring men and women that have served and sacrificed so that we may be free," Rose Minix tells us.

One of the veterans honored today served in Korea and Vietnam and is a Montfort Point Marine, meaning he was trained when the military was still segregated. White Marines went to Paris Island for training, but African-American Marines were sent to Montfort Point, explained CSM (retired) Minix.