Saluting Broome County veterans (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County community saluted past, present and future military service members with a parade in their honor on Veterans Day.

The city of Binghamton hosted the annual Broome County Veterans Day Parade.

Hundreds of people stood along the route to see veterans riding in cars draped with flags, local government officials and law enforcement officials walking, and to listen to the Chenango Forks High School marching band.

"It's my privilege," said Vietnam Marine veteran, Jack Kalb of Endicott. "I've always done it and I think it's great. You know, the people come out and support us, especially the veterans from Vietnam."

Brian Vojtisek, an Endicott Marine veteran, said participating in the parade is a way to show his appreciation to those who put their lives on the line everyday.

"Everyday our service men and women are at risk, protecting our embassies, conducting humanitarian operations, so it's just a way for us to come out here and just to say thank you to all veterans, past and present," Vojtisek said.

Former military members came from all different branches and generations.

"I'm thinking about all those veterans who can't join us here today, those who have passed on, and those who are sick and home-bound. So I'm here to show my support for them," Vojtisek said.

The Broome County Veterans Day parade started at American Legion Post 80 and ended at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

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