Community Celebrates Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hundreds of people took to the streets of Springfield Sunday to celebrate veterans. People lined the streets waving flags and cheering on those who’ve served our country.

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.


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  1. Tony Smith says:

    Are you going to post the video of Willamette Leadership Academy marching in the parade ?

  2. Roxanne Cole says:

    I agree with Rep Peter Defazio in his statement that “We owe them a debt for the service they gave, the sacrifice they made” to enable us to have the freedoms we do have in this country.
    We need to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve(d) and their families and to Teach our young the importance of what these men and women have given for us.
    My husband is a US Army veteran after serving 23 years and spent time in Vietnam and other hostile areas. We are involved in the different veterans programs around the area for the living veterans and for the ones that have passed.
    One event for those veterans that have passed and their families takes place on December 14 nationwide to place fresh evergreen wreaths on veterans grave sites. This is accomplished locally at West Lawn Memorial Park, Lane Memorial Gardens and Springfield Memorial Gardens. For information http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org or contact me at 541 510 1862

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