PORTLAND, Ore -- The streets of Northeast Portland rang with the sounds of military marches this morning as hundreds gathered for the annual Veterans Day parade. Some here, still have family serving.
Suzy Coch's nephew shipped off to Afghanistan yesterday. “I think we need to honor our past veterans too and thank them and they're also in this parade so it’s a nice way to say thank you for all the service that you've done," said Coch.
Grant and Inger Coffey were Grand Marshall's in the parade. Their son, Keaton died last may in Afghanistan.
The oldest marcher was 93 year old Art Perkins who served 33 years in the air force. “Without the military we wouldn’t be sharing the freedoms that we have today," he said.
Across our area people turned out to acknowledge that fact.
In Sandy, young soldiers celebrated the hoisting of a flag on top of a new 55 foot pole at the Chevy Suburban dealership.
In Salem, veteran Jeff Deleon schooled able-bodied teens on wheel chair basketball. The Kroc Center held a celebration for vets, treating them to lunch and the run of the facility. They included World War Two veteran James Hickey who appreciates the respect shown America’s veterans. “That's great! That's great. They didn’t do it in my time but at least they're doing it now,” Hickey said.