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Northern Nevadans Honor Veterans With Parades, Ceremonies

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Thousands of people lined Virginia Street in downtown Reno Monday to watch the Veterans Day parade and show their support for those who have served, and are serving in our nation's military.

We asked some spectators what Veterans Day means to them - "We're trying to honor and pay respects to our veterans that keep us safe and fought for our freedom," said one man, who was watching the parade with several young children.

The mother of a McQueen High School student was there to watch her daughter march with her ROTC unit. "It's important because they made us free and made us who we are today."

All the pomp and circumstance; music and dance means a lot to civilians and veterans. A Korean War veteran told us that memories of the war are still fresh in his mind. "We went to Korea a long time ago, but I feel like we just got back home," he said.

This year the theme of the Veterans Day Parade in Reno was "Never forgotten, Honoring Korean War Veterans, Celebrating 60 Years of Peace."

Even children know the importance of honoring our veterans. "They're basically saving our lives," said a young girl who was watching with her family.

The parade featured veterans from all the services, as well as area high school marching bands, scouts, ROTC units and other groups.

One man summed it up this way: "They do fight for our freedom and defend our borders. They need to be honored and remembered," he said.

Virginia City also held its annual Veterans Day Parade, which made its way down C Street on a beautiful fall day.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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