STAFFORD, Texas (FOX 26) - Walking around the outside of Red Neck County Club in Stafford Saturday night you could see lots of classic cars, fire trucks, military vehicles and veterans all waiting for the parade.
When the organization heard that the City of Houston's parade had been canceled due to complications from events around Harvey, owner Michael Berry and crews were able to assemble as many people as they could within about 24 hours.
"They were feeding a thousand Marines last night, a thousand veterans tonight and they said oh adding an entire parade ya. I called the mayor of Stafford and he said ya, the police chief, yes and then all these people, however many thousand people said yes, we are in, it's for our veterans", says Berry.
"I'm a member of the Red Neck Country Club and I heard it advertised on the radio Friday so I thought I've got to come back for this," says Navy Vietnam veteran Michael Shoaff.
August Christian and two of his fellow Vietnam War veterans all showed up to participate. "I think its good that people are finally recognizing that, because these people give their lives for that," says Christian.
As the floats and cars took to the road, the community stepped out, waving flags and yelling "thank you" to those who passed by.
"Get you a cap, put it on, be proud, walk out there and let people shake your hand, makes you feel good now," says Army Vietnam veteran Virgil Kellogg.
"We got the message that there wasn't going to be the traditional annual City of Houston parade and we decided that rather than complain about it, let's mobilize, you know after Harvey and this World Series, this is a great city that comes together," says Berry.