Douglasville, GA-- Hundreds of residents in Douglas County lined the streets in what's believed to be the only night time lighted parade on Veteran's day in the nation.
The 13th Annual "Parade With A Purpose" salutes active military, veteransand reservists.
The parade was led by theTown and Country Garden Club. Members carried 47 roses in honor of the 47 Douglas County citizens who have been killed in action.
A trolley led veterans down the parade route. Among those on board were family members of Marine Lance Corporal Scott "Boots" Harper.Harper was killed in Afghanistan just over a year ago.
11Alive News spoke to Harper's parents before the start of the parade. His mother, Deborah Busbin Staples, acknowleged that losing her son is still a fresh wound.
"I know he died doing what he wanted to do, but it has been hard on all of us. We are so very proud of him, but I still miss my son," said Staples.
Both Staples and Harper's father, Brian Harper, fought back tears talking about what the past yearhas been like.
"What helps me is visiting with the guys who served with Scott. To get to hug them and hear stories from them isthe next best thing to having my son," said Brian Harper.
The parade is organized by veterans of Douglas County, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners with help from the Department of Communications and Community Relations.