Hometown Crown

Jessica Lackey, 25, of Hickory radiated with hometown pride as she wore her crown through the 125th Soldiers Reunion parade. Lackey was crowned Ms. Reunion this year.

"It means a lot to me to be crowned Ms. Reunion," Lackey said. "My grandfather was a veteran and I've know a lot of veterans in my life. It's so great that we're showing them our support and thanks for all they have done and it's amazing to see the community coming back out year after year."

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.