STAFFORD, Texas - If you blinked you might have missed the Veterans Day Parade in Stafford. It started at the Red Neck Country Club and did one loop of West Airport Boulevard.
But what it lacked in distance was more than made up for in patriotism.
The parade on Saturday was organized in just 24 hours after many were angered that the Veterans Day parade in downtown Houston was cancelled.
No one at the impromptu parade Saturday night wanted to talk about the circumstances surrounding the cancelled one. They just wanted to celebrate the day that honors the men and women who fought for our country.
"We heard that the parade was cancelled downtown this year," said Roland Bodden, who attended the parade with his family. "We just wanted to give a shout out to everybody that's sacrificed so much for us and I'm from New Orleans originally, so I can't miss a parade."
Nearly 1,000 people lined the street in Stafford to watch the event that came together with the help of radio host Michael Berry and Gallery Furniture's Mattress Mack, who was the Grand Marshal of the parade.
"We owe so much to our veterans," said Mattress Mack. "The least we can do tonight is come out and participate in the parade."
The parade had all the usual trimmings: classic cars, new and old fire trucks, beads, etc but the predominant symbol everywhere you looked was the American flag.
"There are so many veterans and I think they're poorly treated in a lot of cases," said Chuck Buschardt, whose retro fire truck was in the parade. "I think any time we can do something for a veteran, we need to do it."
Hundreds are lining west airport in front of @TheRedneckCC for makeshift #VeteransDayparade. Put together last minute but folks here tell me we need to honor our vets #khou11 pic.twitter.com/1fXJN8zquG— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinKHOU) November 12, 2017