ALBANY, Ore. - Veterans Day was a day to honor and thank America's war heros. With parades and celebrations taking place all over the country, the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi is held right here in Albany, Ore.
Kaitlyn Oare, a veteran, recently returned to Oregon after being deployed for a year in Iraq. She said she used to come to the parade every year.
"I think it's pretty incredible, especially how big it is and how many people show up," she said.
Oare said the parade shows a lot of support for those who serve. "That means a lot."
Along the parade route, appreciative spectators shouted their thanks to veterans for their service. One of those people is Hannah Smith, who says she comes out every year to honor all the veterans.
"It's just a really good thing to be here. I told my sister it gives me warm and fuzzies to be here and we honor those that have served our country," Smith said. "It's a great country."
On a day with beautiful fall colors, soldiers marching to the beat and Old Glory covering the street from one side to the other, it was almost a perfect day for the parade.
One veteran, asked how it feels to be a part of the day said, "I feel very special. It is an honor that I was able to serve."
The crowd was treated to a flyover by an F-15 jet and a Coast Guard helicopter hovering over the parade route.
From the very young, to those of an older generation, thousands turned out in Albany to honor America's veterans. Bobbie, a great-grandmother from Albany summed it up well. She said, "It's wonderful that I'm able to come and see all the people that have come today and give the veterans my thanks for all they've done."