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A social distancing parade allowed veterans and their families to reunite from afar for the first time in two months on Tuesday morning. 

Families of veterans residing in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama VA assisted living center gathered outside the building for a parade as the veterans lined the sidewalk, waving at their loved ones and holding signs as the cars passed by. 

Marsha, wife of WWII veteran Paul Arnett, says she hasn’t seen her husband, who resides in the center, for 68 days – a first for the couple. 

“Before that [COVID-19], I have been here every day for the past two and a half years,” Marsha said.

“I’m so glad to get to see you, sweetheart!” Marsha shouted through the passenger window of her car as she passed by 94-year-old Arnett, who sat on the sidewalk with a sign reading “Love U Marsha,” attached to his wheelchair. 

 “Don’t forget me!” Marsha exclaimed.

“She’s a good old girl,” Arnett said. “She’s put up with me all these years.”

We’re glad Tuscaloosa’s veterans were able to get some extra love today. Thank you for your service!

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