Veterans, military service members enjoy parade with their families | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many men and women in uniform attended Monday's Veteran's Day Parade downtown to not only honor veterans, but also show their families that they have a lot to be thankful for.
"I come here to remember the soldiers that died that I served with and I bring my children and some other children along with us so that they can pay respects to the veterans who have died and the soldiers who are serving," said Retired US Army Major Doug James.
James said he comes to the Veteran's Day parade Downtown every year. After serving his country for 21 years, he wants his family to take part in the American holiday that also teaches civilians what to be thankful for.
"So many people are not serving in the military and they don't know what it's about, they don't know anything about serving in the military and having a father or mother who's away and I think this is a good reminder of that," says James.
For those that serve, they have a reminder every day.
"There's a special feeling I get when I put this uniform on," says U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, Donna Martin.
But for those that don't, parades like this remind them of what military service members are going through every day.
"It makes me feel very blessed that people support the military and I like to see that people still know that the wars are still going on in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lot of people are still serving and a lot of people are still getting injured and killed right now," says U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Thomas Harrison.
And that message is evident on Veteran's Day, when hundreds lined up to not only watch the exciting stuff like floats, exotic cars, or military tanks -- they also want to remember.
"You know, you look around and you see the veterans that have actually served in the military and we are hoping that they haven't forgotten about them," says Carolyn Brown, a spectator at the parade.