Veterans and community members marched down Olympic Avenue as part of the annual Veterans Day parade from Arlington’s American Legion Post.
The Nov. 11 parade recognizes those who have served in the military.
“It’s a parade to honor veterans and their service. Unlike Memorial Day we’re not honoring the fallen, we’re recognizing those who have served in uniform, whether that is for three years, 20 years, combat or non-combat,” said post commander David Delancy.
Many community members said they know veterans and that’s why they came out to support the event.
“It honors my father, my uncle, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, they’re all veterans and I have a lot of friends who are veterans,” said Delancy.
Robert Morlock, with Arlington Cub Scout Pack 29, said he knew many veterans involved in the local Boy Scouts.
“As a veteran myself, we have a lot of veterans in the Pack,” he said.
Morlock’s Scout Pack was one of the community groups that came out to support the parade.
“Pack 29, we have a long history of honoring our veterans. On Memorial Day we help at the cemetery,” he said.
Other groups like the Arlington High School AFJRTOC also took part in the parade.
“Right now we’re going to march in the parade to honor the veterans of our community and to show our dedication to helping the community out,” said Emma Szondy, a student with the local AFJROTC.
She said they are out there to honor all veterans.
“We like being able to represent the veterans of the past, but also for the future, those that will serve,” said Szondy.
Morlock said his Scout Pack learns a lot through participating in the parade.
“It’s a great resource to teach our kids. This year we made cards that we’ll be handing out during the parade to veterans,” he said.
They also see how the community comes out to recognize those who serve.
“It’s always great because we’re usually right behind the red truck that all the elderly veterans are on. We like watching the crowds stand up for them and I like being able to show the boys that and say ‘hey, the whole community supports veterans,’” said Morlock.
There is usually a good crowd for the event each year, especially around Legion Park, who come out to show respect to those who served.
“Usually the community does come out. It’s kind of nice. You’ll see more people down that way [toward Legion Park],” said Delancy.