City of Springfield holds annual Veteran’s Day parade

Hampden County

Today is Veteran’s Day. A day to pay tribute to those who protect and serve our country. 

“I’m lucky that I came home, I want to say thank you to all my brothers and sisters before me and those who are serving now,” 

Hundreds marched down the streets of Springfield Sunday morning to honor those who serve and protect our country.

Springfield’s Annual Veterans Day Parade honors veterans of past present and future.

“Following the traditions of my father, grandfathers and wanting to bring the children and youth to realize our country is strong because of veterans so we want to take care of those who have served and we want to bring that message to the young folk,” said Cindy Lacoste, U.S. Navy veteran.

“It means a lot to me since I am going to be a future marine myself as I enlisted,” said Nathaniels Aviles, U.S. Marine ROTC. “So it’s a warm feeling in your heart men and women from all over the place who have defended our country and now we have time to spend with them at such an honorable event.”

The Veterans Day Parade steps off down State Street here in Springfield annually but this year it honors a special anniversary. 

Each year, Veterans Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended WWI hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany in 1918.

This year is the 100th anniversary. 

“My grandfather served in WWI and WWII so that generation is not with us anymore so it’s important to take the time to remember they started us,” said Jennifer Hamre, American Legion Auxiliary District 3.

A tradition to honor those have fought for our freedom.

“It’s the most important day of the year to sit back and say thank you and not enough people recognize we need to say thank you.”

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