First ever Veterans Day Parade held in Wilmington

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"I saw smiles on veterans' faces and we didn't have any hiccups. That was impressive to see". More than 100 veteran's groups are scheduled to appear in the parade. "I'm so happy to our young people here that they will truly understand the price of keeping what we have; two-thirds of the world does not live as we live". "My family is from Mexico and they got their citizenship and they served in the Army. And I liked it". "One day I might be one, too". "I wanted to do something better for myself".

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti waves to people along Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Mission Hills CA., during the 14th annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 11, 2017.

"I think it's very important to be here for them and give them the support that they need", Brenda Singer said of being a military spouse for 45 years.

"I feel great because we are honoring the veterans", said JROTC member and Butler High School sophomore William Wise of Summit Township.

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That's why I'm here, because there are veterans who want to participate, but can't make the walk.

World War II veteran Julian Cohen, 90, of Arleta described Saturday's 14th annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade as one he has been a part of since its inception because of its large, friendly crowds. These are the people who were willing to give everything up to their lives for the people of the United States of America.

The second annual Veterans Day Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.in front of the Battleship Iowa, which is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.

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