Thousands gather downtown to honor vets with parade
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Reporter: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A harsh constant of war is that it does not discriminate in ages of the lives that it takes, and Monday, respect for veterans of war did not discriminate in age either. From young to old, people headed out into the crisp air to pay tribute to our armed forces.
The Veterans Day parade has wound its way through tucson streets since 1919, making Monday's march the 93rd.
There was no shortage of veterans at the celebration. 9 On Your Side spoke to Wayne Beaubian who served in Vietnam. He only recently began going to such events.
"I'm getting older now so I might not be able [to come in the future]," said Beaubian. "I felt compelled to after the election and you hear of all the horror stories that these young guys are going through today. So just out of respect for those guys as well, the young kids."
While some were too young to have served in the military, they marched right beside veterans of wars dating back to World War II.
Noah Burgess marched with the Tucson Elks along with his family who have a long history of military service.
"It felt really nice," said Burgess after the parade. "It felt like I am doing something to help my community to celebrate this day."
Marty Benoist marched for the first time this year but he told me, he would do it all over again.
"We have so many vets overseas right now who are fighting, they should be home, said Benoist. "Hopefully they will get home soon."