A special parade dedicated to our nation's wounded military veterans and their caregivers happened earlier Thursday in Panama City. The event is part of a seven day Warrior Beach Retreat.
This fall's Warrior Beach Retreat honored 20 military veterans. The week long event gives these veterans the chance to relax for seven days and spend time with their spouse or caregiver. It also gives them time to connect with others who have served. 
"Being able to hug each other, and just spend time with each other and share our stories with each other. You know?" said Calvin Patterson, Combat Engineer who served in Iraq from 2008-2009.
The afternoon started with a patriotic parade across Bay County. The veterans were greeted along the roadway by residents waving and flying American flags, thanking them for their service.
"There's no better feeling, than to be honored, for what you do," said Patterson. 
After the parade was a dinner and special service for the veterans at Forest Park United Methodist Church. Chuck Adamcryk, the Chairman of the committee that helped organize the retreat, says veterans have a special place in his heart.
"I'm a Marine and to be able to do this for my brothers and sisters in arms is very touching to me," said Adamcryk.
Some of the activities veterans were treated to this week included golf, deep sea fishing and go cart racing.

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