Tucson Veteran's Day Parade

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It is a day set aside to honor and thank Americans who have served our country.

And Friday morning, children, families and veterans lined the streets of downtown Tucson for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Every step taken reminds on lookers of the sacrifice veterans have made for this country.

"The reason we're here is to support the veterans that have served that have fallen and wounded to honor them to tell them thank you for giving us the opportunities that we have," said resident Jennifer Hernandez.

Jenifer Hernandez used to go to the parade as a child and now she brings her two young sons.

Every step taken reminds on lookers of the sacrifice veterans have made for this country.

"The reason we're here is to support the veterans that have served, that have fallen and wounded to honor them to tell them thank you for giving us the opportunities that we have," said Hernandez.

Jenifer Hernandez used to go to the parade as a child and now she brings her two young sons.

"We come almost every year I come because I want him to learn the importance of the day.  Of why we have this day.  Why we're out of school," said Hernandez.

They are here because of men like Reynaldo Ochoa, a veteran who served in World War II.

With his grand kids by his side, he's happy he can share the day with them.

"I was on the island of Okinawa and I came back here so I am very happy to be with them now," Ochoa said.  "I don't tell them too much about it.  Not unless they ask me."

Ochoa says his grand kids do ask about his time serving and he tells them what he did.

And it seems they understand the meaning of thanking vets on the special day.

"They already know too much, they think they know better than I do now," Ochoa said.  "That we're still alive, yes, and we still have a country to live in."