Main Street parade draws Panthers, Bulldogs, Gators, Mustangs and elephants (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

Another World War II veteran, former Staff Sgt. Bill Miller, described how he met his wife of 69 years, Kathleen, while she served in the Royal Air Force's Women's Auxiliary Air Force and he was stationed in England with the U.S. Army.

"I backed over her in a jeep," Miller said.

The couple's daughter, City Clerk Betsy Roy, said her dad went the wrong way around an English roundabout and had his mishap when he tried to reverse out.

 Parading organizations included veterans organizations, Cub Scout packs, Girl Scout Troop 625, the Young Marines, the Shoal River Mustang Club, the American Legion Riders motorcycle club, Hadji Shrine from Pensacola, and OC's Towing, which paraded its giant wrecker trucks.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Stogsdill (Ret.), grand marshal, rode in a World War II jeep as the Crestview and Baker High School and Davidson Middle School bands performed patriotic music.

Real estate agents from ERA Realty passed out American flags, which parade goers waved high against a bright, sunny sky as groups, including the Baker and Crestview school ROTC battalions, marched past.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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