Panhandle Patriots Salute Veterans

By  | 

Hundreds of people around the Panhandle braved the storm clouds and rainy weather to honor those who fight for our freedom. The honoring started early Thursday morning in Panama City.

Dozens of people lined Harrison Avenue to catch a glimpse of some the area's decorated veterans, and it was no different in Callaway where many veterans live. Veterans groups, schools and local dignitaries marched down Cherry Street and ended up at Veterans Park.

There the city held its annual veterans salute recognizing the immeasurable contributions of those who've fought for this country. Gulf County officials took advantage of the holiday to bestow a lifetime honor on a Port St. Joe man who gave the ultimate price for his country.

SSgt. Clifford Chester Sims died in Vietnam when he threw himself on an explosive Booby Trap saving his troops. The city of Port St. Joe dedicated Highway 71 the Clifford Sims Memorial Parkway.

Veterans Day festivities capped off at the Panama City Marina with a fireworks display. Money raised at the celebration will go to the Clifford Sims Veterans Nursing Home.