Residents line streets of Bristol for annual Veterans Day Parade

POSTED: 6:13 PM Nov 10 2012
BRISTOL VETERANS DAY
BRISTOL, Va. and Tenn. -

Veterans Day is Sunday and many places are observing the holiday now through Monday. Including downtown Bristol, where the annual Veterans Day Parade took place Saturday morning.

On a sunny November Saturday, residents lined the streets of downtown Bristol to honor the men and women serving our country. "I always look forward to this parade to honor the vets," said veteran Ray Ottienger.

With American flags flying, people paid their respects to our nation's heroes and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. "The sad part about it is the ones that made the supreme sacrifice can't be here. But at least the family members can enjoy the memories and see how much the locals appreciate what they have done," added Ottienger.

But coming out for a Veterans Day Parade, an annual event, means a lot to the people here. "I think it's the greatest thing we can do," said veteran Bob Edwards.

And for those in the service it's a time to remember their efforts and the sacrifices they made. "It brings back memories of the time I was in the service and the places I've been, different parts of the world that I would have never been able to see if I hadn't been in the Navy. That means a lot to a servicemen that people appreciate what you have done," added Edwards.