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Veterans Day Parade rolls through downtown Tucson

Honoring all veterans
Posted at 7:02 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 21:02:43-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Veterans' Day is the day set aside to honor everyone who served their country in the military.

Tucson's Veterans’ Day Parade is the community’s way to say thank you----on wheels, and with marching feet.

The annual Veterans' Day parade is a way to honor veterans and a time for veterans to remember their service.

As she watched the parade go by Mary Ann Shellman said her service in the Army in the early 1960s is one of the proudest parts of her life; but she can only hint at what she did.

"I can't tell you. It's top secret.”

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith said, “It's more exotic that way.”

Shellman: “It was communications intelligence."

Robert Brown came out to honor Korean War vets like him. He says he was in Korea for seven years---and in the Army for ten altogether. He says he was busted down in rank after the day he was working as a radioman, a General hassled him for being out of uniform, and he punched him.

"He was bugging me. I was trying to do a job and he wouldn't let me do it."

Buzz Davis of Veterans for Peace uses the original name for Veteran's Day---Armistice Day to remember the peace that ended World War One.

"Which occurred in 1918. November 11th, 11 O'Clock in the morning. All the bells rang and the purpose was peace from now on. This was the last war we're gonna be in."

But this is a day for remembrance and appreciation by the young too.

Memo Andrade explained why he came to the parade: "Just to honor our veterans." His sister Marliza added, "To honor the veterans too."

Danny Fox held a sign saluting the veterans: "As they normally give salutes. I came out with that idea."

Craig Smith: “So you're kind of saluting back?’.

Danny: “Uh Huh."