Binghamton Salutes Veterans

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2009 at 10:05 PM EDT

For decades, our military has responded to the call of duty.

In times of war, service members fought to keep their loved ones safe at home.

This is a time our nation gives thanks and pays respect to our veterans.

Marching to the patriotic tune of "Yankee Doodle" the community rallied in support of local veterans.

A parade pays tribute to some of the nation's bravest.

"Celebrate the service of veterans regardless of what era they served in, while being ever mindful that we would be here today to celebrate this day if not for the sacrifice of those who served before us," said Veteran Ralph Luciani.

Red, white and blue lined Main Street in Binghamton.

Proud veterans passed through while the stars and stripes waved.

"It's a tough job to protect all of our borders and our interests across the world and you know it's just a good time to remember people and remember the things that we do. And actually remember the grunt people in the foxholes in the air in the water," said Veteran Valdo Rogers.

A reminder that their fight overseas has secured the liberties we enjoy today.

"This country was formed on the blood sweat and tears of our veterans. It's very important to teach your children about that because they need to know where our country came from as well," said Veteran Alan Anderson.

A lesson in pride and respect that's being instilled in the younger generation.

"I feel happy, because he was helping people," said Rhiannon Gregory.

"I'm trying to tell him more about the soldiers, get him to understand about all our services. They need to understand what all the vets have done for their country," said Linda Bates.

For all that they've done, their service and sacrifice is saluted.

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