Updated November 12, 2012 - Tallahassee, FL -
Communities across our viewing area joined the nation in observing Veterans Day today.
More than 20,000 people lined the streets in downtown Tallahassee to salute service women and men.
Tallahassee's annual Veterans Day Parade brought out the pride and excitement for all.
At one point, the crowd started chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!
Wakulla Resident Leisha Rutland says, "My uncle, he was in the marines, but he's dead. He didn't die in action, but, I have a lot of respect for the marines because of my uncle."
Respect and gratitude were displayed all along Monroe Street Monday.
Twelve-year-old Cody Teske says, Because they're the reason why we can do this. They give us our freedom. They fight for us."
Spectators young and old enjoyed all of the sights and sounds of the parade.
Six-year-old Amar Jenkins says, "There's a lot of thing you can see."
"They have bands, and candy, and they have necklaces." Says, 7-year-old Amiriyon Satchell.
Eight-year-old Rahaem Jenkins adds, "It's a whole lot of marines, whole lot of FSU, and it's so much bands."
As exciting as it was to see the local marching bands, ROTC units, and other organizations, parade goers say they never lost sight of the true meaning of Veterans Day.
One man in attendance says his son was killed in the U.S. military in 1997. Serving 12 years himself, Veterans Day is more than a holiday. He says, "It means a lot to see the appreciation of our men and young boys who sacrificed their lives. I'm proud of each and every one of them."
The crowds cheered as veterans walked, marched, and rolled down Monroe Street.
Retired Army 1st SGT Herman Johnson says, "It's just a feeling that's unexplainable. It's truly wonderful just to see so many in support of what we've done in the past, future, and even right now in the present."
Parade Goer Brittany Desotelo says, "The guy with the automatic wheelchair came down from the Veterans Olympics. It's people like that you have a whole lot of respect for. Anyone who's willing to keep doing what they want to do after they're injured is really awesome."
Tallahassee resident Brenda Barrier says, "I liked the bands. They played real good music. I enjoyed the fire truck, that's my grandson's favorite. We just enjoyed everything in it. We all had a good time."
Tallahassee, FL - Thousands of folks lined the streets of Tallahassee to honor area veterans this Veterans Day.
Several veterans were out to see the support from the community. The Marching Chiefs, local high school bands, and ROTC units also attended.
WCTV will bring more coverage of the parade tonight on Eyewitness News.