F-16 jets amaze crowd along parade route


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Austin Brinkman, 7, of Elida Elementary School, gathers some candy toward the end of the Memorial Day parade.

Austin Brinkman, 7, of Elida Elementary School, gathers some candy toward the end of the Memorial Day parade.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

A group of children gathers around one of the mascots in the Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.

A group of children gathers around one of the mascots in the Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

Taylor Wall, 5, of St. Charles Catholic School, gathers his candy from the Memorial Day parade into his bag.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

LIMA — The flyover by two U.S. Air Force F-16 jets stole the show at the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

“It was terrific. I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen these fly before but this one was special to me. It came down the parade route and right on out,” said Charles Faulder, of Westminster, who stood in the Town Square at the end of the parade route watching in awe.

The roar of the two jets could be heard before the jets were seen in the sky about 10:30 a.m. The jets flew over the parade route in a matter of seconds with a loud and powerful roar much to the amazement of everyone watching along the route.

Faulder, an Air Force veteran, said he could watch a flyover again and again.

“It never gets old,” he said.

Watching the parade was Patti Spicer, of Rimer, who has two sons serving in the military.

“I believe in supporting veterans because all the things veterans have done for us and the lives lost,” she said.

Spicer was happy to see the streets lined with people in what turned out to be a picture-perfect day for a parade with sunny skies and not too warm.

“It’s just nice to see people come out and support this and hopefully they realize what it’s all about,” she said.

Faulder said he appreciates the sacrifice all veterans, especially those who lost their lives, have made.

“More should be done to appreciate Memorial Day because we stop and think of all the people who gave their lives,” Faulder said.

Army veteran Roy Hollenbacher, of Bath Township, drove a 1942 Ford GPW, which the casual observer might mistake for a Jeep. Inside was World War II veteran Paul Kreher.

The 90-year-old Kreher was happy to see all the people.

“This shows Lima really supports and backs not only veterans but everything that is going on in the community. This is a great place to live,” Kreher said.

Also in the parade with a float paying tribute to veterans and those who died during service was the Neighborhood Relief Thrift Store.

“We wanted to do a theme to honor all those who have fallen and also represent Christ because that is what our store stands for. We are a Christian store,” said the store’s manager, Abby Burnett.

Elizabeth Austin, of Lima, and her children were along the route to see all the floats.

“We’re just out here enjoying the parade,” she said.

Austin Brinkman, 7, of Elida Elementary School, gathers some candy toward the end of the Memorial Day parade.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/05/web1_Parade-LAM-3824-Smaller-2.jpgAustin Brinkman, 7, of Elida Elementary School, gathers some candy toward the end of the Memorial Day parade. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
A group of children gathers around one of the mascots in the Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/05/web1_Parade-LAM-3740-Smaller-2.jpgA group of children gathers around one of the mascots in the Memorial Day parade on Monday morning. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Taylor Wall, 5, of St. Charles Catholic School, gathers his candy from the Memorial Day parade into his bag.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/05/web1_Parade-LAM-3807-Smaller-2.jpgTaylor Wall, 5, of St. Charles Catholic School, gathers his candy from the Memorial Day parade into his bag. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

By Greg Sowinski

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Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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