Flags, motorcycles, antique trucks and more traveled down the road Thursday as the 23rd annual Bradley Street parade celebrated our independence.

Attendees enjoyed special music, a salute to veterans, hot dogs, watermelon and homemade ice cream.

The event had a special guest this year as Mayor Monte Montgomery declared July 4, 2019 Charles Monroe Day in Athens.

Sgt. Charles Monroe, a native of Eustace, landed on the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago and courageously fought his way to Paris and beyond, according to the event's coordinator Rita Currington.

Monroe was awarded on November 15, 2015, the French Legion of Merit at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, the highest award given from the French government, for his role in liberating France from Nazi Germany.

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