SAN ANGELO, Texas --
San Angelo held the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Angelo Nov. 10 to show support and appreciation for past and present military veterans.
This year’s parade included over 400 active duty service members representing all the branches of service. Some of the service members who marched the mile and a half route voiced their appreciation to the community.
“Veterans Day played a key part in my life as I followed in the footsteps of my family members who served before me,” said Sgt. 1st Class Glen West, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion drill sergeant. “Now, having been a military member for a while, I am more appreciative and grateful for the communities in which we serve. It’s an honor leading my Soldiers on the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.”
In addition to active duty members and retirees, several local schools had junior ROTC cadets, cheerleaders and bands involved in the parade. There were also many other groups and organizations who walked or rode floats in support of Veterans Day, handing out American flags and beads to the crowd.
“I was very proud to be a part of the parade representing my squadron and the Air Force,” said Airman 1st Class Lauren Krahwinkel, 315th Training Squadron student. “All along the parade route there were people clapping and cheering, saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’ It was very inspiring and made me feel proud to wear this uniform.”