VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Veterans across generations were honored Monday in an annual parade in Virginia Beach.
The Tidewater Veterans Day Parade began on 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ended at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial on 19th Street across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
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“They’ve done a great sacrifice for this country going over seas, going different places and sometimes they don’t even get to see their family for a very long time and I know that is very hard,” said 13-year old Joseph Murphy, who is now considering joining the military to follow in the footsteps of his uncles.
For some families this is something they look forward to every year.
“It’s a tradition and we are so fortunate where we live and the opportunities that we have because of those who are willing to put themselves in harms way for us,” said Kim Robilard.
Monday’s parade was touted by city officials as one of the biggest the area has ever seen. More than 100 programs and organizations signed up to march or perform. It featured the U.S. Fleet Forces band, high school marching bands from across Virginia Beach, honor guards and several local law enforcement agencies. Military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard were also present.
Immediately following the parade, a ceremony was held across from the Tidewater Veterans Memorial.