Arlington veterans and community members came to the downtown to honor Veterans Day during the annual parade and at a re-dedication of a gravestone of a Civil War veteran.

Veterans Day was created to remember the ceasefire that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, and this year was the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

American Legion Post 76 in Arlington hosts an annual parade down Olympic Avenue to commemorate the event.

"This is Veterans Day so we honor our country and we honor the people who served," said Michael Blank, one of the members of the local American Legion Post.

He helps lead the parade with fellow veterans in the American Legion Post.

"It really brings out the community. I've been doing this now for four or five years and it's a good way to give back to the community. They really support us, so I enjoy doing it," Blank said.

Community members such as the Arlington High School band and local Scout groups also participate in the parade as well, and families come down to watch the parade and recognize the veterans.

"We wanted to honor the veterans and pay our respects," said local parent Jami King. "I like the small-town feel and all the citizens coming together."

Blank said he appreciated the national pride the event gives him.

"Right now the way politics are going we've gotten away from the traditional values," he said.

"The American flag represents all that's good and all that's bad, and I prefer to believe that it represents more good than bad," he said.

He served in the military twice, once when he was 17 and once after 9/11 as well.

"I'm just proud that I had the chance to serve my country and I just wish we had more people who were willing to do it," he said.

At the old Pioneer Cemetery near Fifth Street and Gifford Avenue, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society also re-dedicated a gravestone of Civil War veteran John Grant who died in 1899 and lived in Arlington and Oso.

"The headstone had deteriorated and we thought it was necessary to replace what was there if it was going to be legible," said Ruth Caesar, president of the society.

"The base and the headstone were put together back in July, but so much happens during the summer we thought this would be a nice day to put something like this together," she said.

Grant's gravestone is now completely replaced. The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society applied and were granted funding from Veterans Affairs to replace the gravestone, although the city required a base of the same quality.

"That cost $400 so we had to pony up that money, but we felt that it was very well worth it," said Caesar.

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