Binghamton Honors Veterans With Parade

By WBNG News

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:30 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) November 11th.

A celebration of patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana begins our team coverage of Veterans Day in Binghamton as an annual parade marches in.

From veterans who've retired from service in the military, to those currently on duty.

Tuesday, a day of reflection as hundreds line Main Street in Binghamton to honor them.

"It's a celebration of the sacrifices that our veterans make," said Steven Ring of Binghamton.

For many in the crowd, it was a chance to recognize loved ones who've served whether during wartime or peace.

"I would like to thank those who served our country and those who protect us," said Maria Schneider of Conklin.

Also standing in the crowd, a whole military family.

"I was in the Vietnam era, stationed in Washington DC. My husband was in Vietnam. My son right now is in Italy. And our other son was in Kosovo. We would never miss a day to honor those who came home and those that didn't," said Sofia Kenyon of Johnson City.

And with schools and many business closed for the holiday, it's a chance for parents to watch their kids perform.

"To support the Chenango Forks Marching Band. Our daughter is in the band," said one mom.

Many say this year, the sunshine certainly helped the turnout.

A time to celebrate those who've given their service to us.

In Binghamton, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed a national day of remembrance with Armistice Day.

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings, followed by a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 AM.

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