There was one group marching in the parade that wasn’t a veteran group, but actually family members of soldiers currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These families, who haven’t seen loved ones in nearly a year were decked out in red, white, and blue.
“The red is because, to remember all the people in Afghanistan and like all that,” said Haylee Vaughan, a 9 year-old whose Dad is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, marched in the parade and met with veterans beforehand to talk about veteran issues he’s currently pushing fourth in Washington, D.C.
“We owe them a debt for the service they gave, the sacrifice they made. That’s to me a solemn promise by the American people,” said DeFazio.
Vets said this day is special because it reminds them that community members haven’t forgotten about their service.