PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Red, white and blue filled the streets of Shenandoah for the town's Memorial Day Festival and Parade on Saturday. In addition to honoring those who died while serving in the U.S. military, a late councilman who was instrumental in making the event an annual tradition dating back more than two decades was also remembered.
David Hinkle, who died earlier this year after being struck by a car, was the main organizer for the event in past years. A float honoring his hard work for the town was included in the parade.
Nancy Karnes, who was Hinkle's assistant for the event, said this year was more difficult to plan but she knew it was something he would still be proud of.
"The girls and I have tried to make it fun this year and we had his family here, his daughter here earlier and gave her a presentation and she's so nice she just loved the float," Karnes said.
Some who attended the parade said they could tell Hinkle's presence was missing and if he was still there he would be passing out flags to families with a smile on his face.
In addition to the parade, a memorial service was held earlier in the day for service members who were killed during the Vietnam War.
"We just use pretty much the whole weekend for festivities honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and given their life for their country," Mayor Clinton Lucas said.