Fort Wayne Honors Servicemen And Women At Annual Veterans Day Parade

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 9, 2013 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- The Summit City sends up a hero's salute.

On this weekend before Veterans Day, Fort Wayne put its best foot forward Saturday to honor military men and women who've served our country.

A November tradition featured a parade with color and pageantry, but this event celebrates so much more than that.

Police sirens often blare along a parade route.

The annual Veterans day Parade in Fort Wayne, however, is not simply a time for family fun, but a chance to pay tribute to those who champion things we value most, like patriotism and heroism.

" I have family members that have been in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War,” said Dawn McGillivray, who counts herself a loyal supporter of the armed services.

It was a beautiful autumn morning to take in the sights and sounds.

But McGillivray would have showed up regardless.

" Anyone who serves in the service, whatever branch it is makes a big sacrifice to this country, and they deserve our respect and our thanks," McGillivray said.

Veterans Day can trace its roots back to 1918, when America was on the winning side of World War I.

One woman we spoke with on the parade route told us her father fought in that Great War.

Her brothers also were in the armed forces, but she takes pride in more than just her loved ones contributions.

Dick Jarue makes it a habit to attend local Memorial Day and Veterans Day festivities.

We asked him how servicemen and women react when they see community support at events honoring their efforts.

" Very important, it's so important," Jarue said.

A truth we shouldn’t need a parade to convince us of.

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