Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command made their way down Main Street in Elizabethtown, Kentucky during the 39th annual Heartland Homecoming Parade.
Near the front, Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command marched down Historic Downtown Elizabethtown as the parade featured multiple floats, nonprofit organizations, school marching bands, and first responders.
Spc. Elijah Hutcherson, help desk technician, 1st Theater Sustainment command, said, “It was an honor to see our local community express a sense appreciation for the armed services. “
“Being that this was my first parade, I was nervous,” said Hutcherson. “But I got a sense of relief when I saw just how many people showed up and were just as happy to see us be a part of something so monumental to their community.”
Hutcherson marched in the parade alongside Pfc. Deandre Jones, human resources specialist, 1st TSC who expressed how he felt honored to represent the people of the United States. Each year over ten thousand residents of Hardin County come out to enjoy the festivities.
“I know it meant a lot to the kids and it meant a lot to me being someone they could all look up to”, said Jones. The 1st TSC has relationships throughout the neighboring communities of Radcliff and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
“I’ve been coming to the parade every year for the last five years and seeing the Soldiers march is my family’s favorite part of the event. My kids always like to see the military vehicles and Soldiers dressed up in their uniforms,” said Elizabethtown resident Tristan Kersh.
The 1st Theater Sustainment Command supports various community events throughout the year, and its mission is to provide sustainment mission command and execute anticipatory operational-level sustainment support to Army, Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Forces; set the theater; and conduct theater security cooperation within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.