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Belton horse parade honors frontline workers

Posted at 10:49 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 00:33:11-05

BELTON, Texas — Marcia Cross has been caring for horses for years. So, when she was scrolling through Facebook, it was no surprise when a photo of a horse riding through the snow caught her eye.

"There were dark skies and snow falling," Cross said. "And they said it for a funeral for a police officer and it was so moving."

So Sunday afternoon, Cross and a few of her friends got together to make a similar statement, one that honors all who serve.

"They need support from our neighborhood, from everybody to let them know how important it is, that most of America is not like the negativity that's going on," Cross said.

The group paraded through the streets of Belton, placing wreaths at the Sheriff's office, fire department and police department to say thank you.
They also placed one at the Bell County courthouse to honor frontline healthcare workers.

"The angel is going to represent the healthcare worker industry because they have taken a toll this year," Cross said. "There's a lot of pressure being placed on them."

The parade was led by the First Cavalry Division Color Guard from Fort Hood.

"My hair stood on end. I was so excited, so thrilled to know they'd participate because it's a joy to watch them," Cross said.

Cross says she wanted to make a statement after seeing cities across the country defund police departments. So far, no Central Texas cities have announced plans to cut police budgets

"We need to do everything we can to show them the respect and gratitude they deserve," Cross said.