TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- "Thank you for your sacrifice" was the prevailing feeling taken away from Monday's Veterans Day celebrations. It was shared by thousands of people, who came out to honor the men and women who served in our nation's military.
Tucsonans gathered in the heart of the city to honor those who've fought, or who are currently fighting to protect our country.
The 94th annual Veterans Day Parade wound its way through Tucson streets Monday, and the celebration of red, white and blue had something for everyone.
While the children watched the marching bands, military jeeps, and roaring motorcycles, those who served this country found deeper meaning.
We spoke with Arnold Diaz, a 93-year-old man who enlisted in the army when he was just 17-year-old, who told us he feels extremely fortunate to be sharing his story.
"My whole outfit was swept in Vietnam," Diaz said. "I was the only one who didn't go to Vietnam. I was lucky."
The Asplund family was also on the sidelines. Charles Asplund just retired after 20 years and now his son Thomas is beginning his military career.
"Seeing my father go through it and the decisions he made," Thomas Asplund said. "It worked out for him and it felt like a good decision. I'm just proud to be serving our country."
Although we dedicate this day to honor our veterans, it's important we give thanks to those in uniform, each and every day.