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Huntsville Veterans Memorial Ambassadors prepare float for parade

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A group of Madison County students dedicated some of their weekend to help put together something special for the Huntsville Veterans Day Parade later this week.

Kids ranging in age from 9 to 17 dedicated a large chunk of their Sunday to work on a special float which will be featured in the Huntsville Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday. Pam Gardner, the Director of Huntsville Veterans Memorial Ambassadors, says the group is meant to engage and educate our youth.

"Basically, what we want to do is get our young people involved; get them aware of our veterans, and what they've done for us, and help them become a part of the community."

Fifteen-year-old Ambassador McKenna Wittkop says her family has a military background, so she understands the importance of saying thanks. "It's always been taught to me, you know, always thank your vet, you know. It doesn't mean it's a holiday, it doesn't mean it's a special day, you always thank your vets."

The Huntsville Veterans Memorial Ambassadors group has been around for 3 years, and they work hard to honor and thank those who have served, and those currently serving.

"You don't have to volunteer to necessarily do something for your veterans. You can do something as simple as holding a door, or helping them with their groceries, or you know getting their mail for them, it's not necessarily something that has to be complicated," says Gardner.

The float will feature the battlefield memorial statue, a soldier, and some of the older ambassadors.

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