Veterans Day Parade honors those who have served our country

Veterans Day Parade

All you had to do was look around and you would find drummers, marchers and drill sergeants.

The Veterans Day Parade made its way through the State fairgrounds in front of Thousands as they came to honor Veterans both past and present.

Elke Young came out in the bitter cold to watch Veterans salute and tear up during the entire parade. I've seen a lot more people than I expected -- this is great I'm freezing but it's wonderful and I'm not leaving till it's over," says Young.

To the veterans themselves, seeing all the flags and flugelhorns is something they hold dear each and every year.

Keith Doss "I think the energy is here, is to really celebrate all veterans from all eras, years past, World War 2, Vietnam, up to the current conflict. Anyone really who served," says Doss.

John Petrocci is a Veteran who was standing alongside thousands of others. "I know I think of all the guys I served with, still think of them today wondering how they're doing and so on and so forth, so it's just a very reverent day," says Petrocci.

After seeing the contingent from fort drum march past them with their band veterans here say seeing them come down is particularly special after they had initially pulled out due to the federal government shutdown.

Hamilton Hewitt served from 200 through 2008. "It was great to the the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, I saw their patches and just to see them back to work, you know doing what they need to be doing and just here to support them," says Hewitt.

This parade is only the beginning of a weekend devoted to honoring and remembering the veterans leading up to Veterans Day on Monday.