Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) All across the country, including here in the Southern Tier, parades are marching through to honor veterans and those who sacrificed their lives.
"We're not here for ourselves, we're here for those who can't be here, for those who did make the ultimate sacrifice," said Brian Vojtisek, a veteran who marched in the parade.
Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Binghamton to catch a glimpse of the Veterans Memorial Celebration on Monday.
Binghamton High School and Chenango Forks High School marching bands participated in the annual parade, along with local leaders who handed out flags and candy, and two men even rode around on high-wheel bicycles.
With all of the fun and celebration, veterans and local officials want to remind everyone the real reason for Memorial Day.
"People should reflect on a day like this, remember our history, remember our vets, all the fallen men and women overtime. And we have well over a million vets in our country, it's just a day to remember what this country stands for," said Congressman Richard Hanna (R), 22nd District.
The parade started in front of American Legion Post 80on Main Street and ended in front of the court house on Court Street.