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Honoring Veterans in Reno

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While the Veterans Day Parade rolled through downtown Reno, the Veterans Guest House also honored the men and women of our military.  

Officials there held orange balloons outside the guest house for Vietnam veterans exposed to the chemical Agent Orange.

"People are aware of the issues that have gone on over, and over and over again for veterans and their families," says Richard Shuster, a Vietnam veteran.

It may have been a cold Sunday morning, but that wasn't going to keep anyone away. The Guest House was happy to see this group of veterans receiving so much recognition.

"I think we've been better," says Noreen Leary with the guest house. "I think our awareness has been raised."

After a short commemoration, the orange balloons were released into the sky.

The Veterans Day Parade started out similarly. A wreath was placed into the Truckee River in memory of those who have given their lives.

But, the celebration soon took on a different tone. For Joyce Johnson, it brought out plenty of emotion. Her husband served in World War II. She worked at a VA hospital for more than four decades.

"Feel very patriotic and thankful that we have people that will serve and put their life on the line for the rest of us," she says.

Just a few feet away, we find Elizabeth Millett. She's holding a photo of her father, who served in three different wars. He passed away two years ago.

"I'm really missing my dad," she says. "I wished he was here, so that we could be together."

Veterans say it was refreshing to have people come up and shake their hands. They say that's not the case all year round.

"We don't seem to realize what the servicemen have done for us," says Darrell Upson, a Vietnam veteran. "This is great recognition for that."

Every veteran and family member has a story to tell, and once a year, this is their chance.

"We have to have this," says Upson. "It's wonderful."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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