Evening parade honors veterans

By Michelle Costanza

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Endicott residents braved the cold Monday evening to salute those who have kept our country strong.

Washington Avenue was a patriotic scene filled with mitten-covered hands waving flags and saluting decorated marchers in crisply-pressed uniforms.

Among those marching were the Marine Corps League, The Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion, along with Boy Scouts and the Union-Endicott High School Marching Band.

"We're playing "Salute to America's Finest" to remember those people who fought in all the wars for us," said Conor Haynes, who played the cymbals.

Music took center street with bagpipers and a drum line added to the mix.

Veterans said marching in the parade is an important tradition.

"We would march if there was one person standing on the side of the road, or a million," said US Marine Corps Veteran Frederick Kelley.

Kelley mentioned that above all else, the most important thing to do on this day is to remember and teach the history of what was previously known as Armistice Day to future generations.

"We're proud of what we've done and we're proud to say to the next generation that does this, we'll be here for you, and we'll be just as proud of you," said Kelley.

The patriotism on Washington Avenue has been alive for decades, and those who withstood the cold said they hope the tradition continues.