Locals react to Veteran’s Day parade

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Savannah made it’s annual effort to honor the men and women who served in the military on Monday. Hundreds of people lined the streets downtown for the Veteran’s Day parade.

High school bands from all over the Coastal Empire marched through the streets of Savannah playing in honor of the brave men and women who have served this country.

“We were all very proud of what we did, I mean we made a real contribution to the security of our country by what we were doing so that was very important and this parade is an instrument so that the public can serve us back for what we all did,” said Dwight Kelley, a Vietnam War veteran.

Eric Turner, band manager for Oglethorpe Charter School, plays a part in serving those veterans and he does it through music.

“Well that’s band are to do we are out here performing for the community to support the community and veterans are a major part of it my father was a veteran in the Vietnam War, he has sadly passed on but he’s from West Virginia he use to watch the parade on TV all the time he used to love to see us go by,” said Turner.

The parade is a tradition for many and an opportunity to thank the veterans in their lives.

“Thank you for your services I have family members that are in the military and they do a wonderful job,” said Carlton Miller, assistant band manager for Robert E. Lee High School.

“I’d just like to thank all veterans for what they’ve done for this country and I will be following in your footsteps to help this country,” said Elija Coles, a first class private.

“The past couple of days wearing this hat people come up and shake my hand and say thank you for your service and I appreciate the respect that gives all of us.”

The parade concluded on Broughton Street and all parking bans have since been lifted.

If you didn’t make it out to see the parade, you can watch right here online at wsav.com/veterans.

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