PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Marching bands, veterans groups and military units drew dozens of people, young and old, to the 129th annual Memorial Day parade in Portsmouth.
It started down High Street at 11 a.m. with political leaders waving from passing cars and spectators waving back.
The annual event honors the sacrifices of the nation's men and women in the military. Angie Choate joined her relatives at the parade.
"We're so happy to be here as a family, celebrating this Memorial Day, honoring the veterans," Choate said. "I say congratulations [to the veterans] and thanks for all you do!"
Another spectator, Karen Scott, told WAVY.com, "I just think its really great. A while ago we saw someone marching through who stopped and shook the hand of a veteran in a wheelchair. What a great country. These generations just go on and on and keep honoring them."
The grand marshal for this year's event was Portsmouth native, Major General LaWarren V. Patterson, commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon in Georgia.
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